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About 1 Book/1 Project/2 Transform

About 1 Book/1 Project/2 Transform 

1 Book/1 Project/2 Transform (1B/1P/2T) is a recurring series that brings together MSU Denver students, staff, and faculty around a shared book. Unlike many common reader programs offered at universities throughout the country, participants in 1B/1P/2T not only read and discuss a book, but when possible they volunteer with a service project related to the book’s theme. The idea behind 1B/1P/2T is that we can all be transformed—and can, perhaps, transform others—by what we read and how we participate in our community.

Books for the series are selected on the basis of their connection to a chosen theme and on their ability to inspire action and community engagement. Past selections have focused on homelessness (Steve Lopez’s The Soloist and Liz Murray’s Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard); immigration (Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario and Just Like Us by Helen Thorpe); access to clean water and fresh food (Wine to Water by Doc Hendley and The Good Food Revolution by Will Allen); poverty, crime, and life choices (The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore); and human trafficking (Carissa Phelps’ Runaway Girl).

Through 1B/1P/2T, we can create a culture of engagement, wherein students, faculty, and administrators become more mindful of and more involved in the community that surrounds us. We hope that participation in “obligatory” service through 1B/1P/2T spurs people on to continued volunteerism within the community, and that links forged across disciplines, roles, and organizations become lasting bridges of connection.


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