Common ReadingThe Common Reading Program affords students the opportunity of participating in a common curricular experience that creates community and a common ground for discussion. The program is tailored specifically for incoming first year students.

Students are expected to have read the book before the first day of class and will join together with faculty and peers to discuss and think critically about key concepts. The common reading program will encourage students to partake in intellectual engagement and will create a sense of community among newly admitted Panthers.




A Stone of Hope
A Memoir

Jim St. Germain’s story of his transition from Haiti to Brooklyn’s Crown Heights highlights the story of a young adult’s experience through the criminal justice system. Through Jim’s journey, he finds hope and support which lead him to rehabilitation and the desire for him to complete his GED and graduate from college. Due to his experiences, Jim decides to dedicate his life towards advocating for at-risk youth in the criminal justice system through his non-profit organization, Preparing Leaders of Tomorrow (PLOT).