Rams Read is the Campus Read initiative for Colorado State University, encouraging all of us to read together and discuss what we’ve read in engaging ways. As we begin our second year of the initiative, we hope that you will join us in our efforts to cultivate and foster a growing community.

This year’s book selection is Natasha Bowen’s The Color of Food. It explores ways we can cultivate new ideas about food justice, land, bringing people together, and joining in a conversation about race and identity, both locally and around the world. Our committee, made up of people from around the university, handpicked this book with you in mind, so whether you’re a student, faculty or staff member, we have faith you’ll be affected in thoughtful ways.

We want you to know that our goal for this book selection is initiative is to bring you into important conversations about inclusion and identity: who we are, what we stand for, and where we are going. These conversations are the essence of our land-grant university mission. It’s one thing to read a story; it’s another to connect with and actively participate in one.

And that’s what we hope you’ll do this year. Share how this book affects you. Inspires you. Helps you question your own roots and ways of thinking. We want you to be a part of a larger conversation that goes beyond the classroom.

Rams Read wants you to share your own experience because it’s extremely valuable—necessary actually— in order for us to grow in positive ways; and we all have experiences with food and food systems. Never has CSU been more prepared to make an impact! This year, there are going to be many opportunities for you to do just that.

So, from all of us at Rams Read—welcome, and happy reading.

Warmly—
Rams Read
(Who we are)

Past Rams Reads

2020-2021 – Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine

Benefits

There are a number of important benefits to engaging in Rams Read.

  • Better articulate examples of how race and racism have impacted your experience in the United States
  • Experience the benefits of reading and discussing a shared text in our shared context
  • Connect with in- and out-of-classroom experiences
  • Join in dialog around diversity with peers and other members of the CSU community
  • Engage in learning that is both emotional and intellectual
  • Develop a sense of community with fellow students, faculty, staff, and community members
  • Recognize the value of different experiences of individuals in the CSU community
  • Discover new areas for further exploration.

Rams Read is guided by CSU’s Institutional Learning Objectives.