The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks book cover


Why A Book-in-Common?

The Book-in-Common program is a university-wide initiative developed to foster a learning environment focused on the success of students to live, work, and lead in a diverse and complex world.  The program will promote an awareness and appreciation for the richness that is brought by embracing all forms of diversity and multicultural perspectives.  In addition, it supports University initiatives such as curricular and co-curricular efforts in Global Connections, Wellness Connections, and Business Connections.




Common Reading Programs

  • intellectually engage students on a variety of social issues and diverse perspectives related to values and ethics
  • foster a sense of intellectual community throughout the university
  • engage students in interdisciplinary dialogue outside of the classroom
  • provide opportunities for increased interaction among students, faculty, staff, and alumni

Essay Contest (Fall 2018)

We invite students, faculty, and staff to submit an essay for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks essay contest. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is our current book-in-common, and this academic year will culminate with a reception and poster presentation on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 12:00 noon, Student Untion 207.

We encourage you to write your own essay (1000 words or less) using the required prompt and submit it to our contest. All essays are due Thursday, October 4, 2018 by 5:00 p.m.

"Describe an experience you have had in your life in which you were made aware of your identities (race, class, sexual orientation, gender, nationality, religion, etc.)"

Please submit both your essay and submission form to Submission forms are available here:

Undergraduate Essay Contest Submission Form

Graduate Essay Contest Submission Form

Faculty Staff Essay Contest Submission Form


Contact Us

Dr. Theresa Lindsay
Director, Learning Success Programs
Pioneer Center for Student Excellence
BHL 226
(940) 898-4113

For additional faculty resources:

Dr. Jörg Waltje
Executive Director, Center for Faculty Excellence
SH 302
(940) 898-3426

Page last updated 10:09 AM, August 30, 2018