Mesa Reads Book Club

Mesa Reads Book Club LogoThe idea to form a Mesa READS Book Club sprung from the recommendations of dozens of faculty and staff members over the past few years. Thanks to Equity and Title V HSI funds, Mesa Reads was launched in Fall 2015. Participants receive a free copy of the book, refreshments at the meetings during the semester, and FLEX credit.  All meetings are held in the LOFT.

Mesa READS is possible though Student Success & Equity and Title V/HSI Grant

Fall 2018 BookUnder the Affluence:
Under the AffluenceShaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America
by Tim Wise

Tim Wise is one of America's most prolific public intellectuals. His critically acclaimed books, high-profile media interviews, and year-round speaking schedule have established him as an invaluable voice in any discussion on issues of race and multicultural democracy.

In Under the Affluence, Wise discusses a related issue: economic inequality and the demonization of those in need. He reminds us that there was a time when the hardship of fellow Americans stirred feelings of sympathy, solidarity for struggling families, and support for policies and programs meant to alleviate poverty. Today, however, mainstream discourse blames people with low income for their own situation, and the notion of an intractable "culture of poverty" has pushed our country in an especially ugly direction.


Discussion in the LOFT:
Friday, April 26, 2019 @ 11:30 am-1:00 pm

Tim Wise will visit San Diego Mesa College on August 15, 2019. 

Tim Wise
Please visit Tim Wise's Website here.

Speak Out Now Podcast 

National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) 2018 Keynote Speech featuring Tim Wise here

Mesa Reads Values

"CLASS" - Campus Community | Lifelong Learning | Access & Equity | Student Enrichment | Social Justice


  • Foster community discussion of one selected book per semester;
  • Offer a collaborative format with all campus employees (faculty, staff, administrators) welcome;
  • Inquire how we can help our students succeed through discussions on diverse topics such as equity, critical thinking and writing, and leadership.

Past Readings
Copies may be available for check out in the LOFT

  • MARCH: Book One by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
  • A Personal Odyssey by Thomas Sowell
  • Redesigning America's Community Colleges: A Clearer Path to Student Success by Thomas R. Bailey, Shanna Smith Jaggars, Davis Jenkins
  • I Am Intelligent, by Dianne Goddard and Peyton Goddard
    with Carol Cujec, Ph.D
  • What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain
  • The Culturally Inclusive Educator by Dena J. Samuels, Ph.D.
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafis


Spring 2017

Fall 2017

Questions and RequestsContact

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