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IU Northwest, Ivy Tech select ‘The House on Mango Street’ as novel for reading initiative

Initiative kicks-off at IU Northwest with salsa dancing class, Latino youth discussion on Sept. 25

Thursday Sep 12, 2013

Indiana University Northwest’s One Book…One Campus…One Community reading initiative has expanded through a collaboration with the Ivy Tech Community College North Central Region.

All Northern Indiana campuses, as well as surrounding communities, will reflect upon the themes and learning points found in The House of Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros during the 2013 – 2014 academic year.

The reading program will kick off at the IU Northwest campus on Wednesday, September 25 with a salsa class, followed by a moderated panel discussion, ‘Voice of Latino Youth – Identity, Dreams, and Challenges’.

The free class, instructed by local salsa expert, Ricardo Sanchez, will take place from 1 until 2:30 p.m. in the Savannah Center lobby.

The panel discussion, moderated by Eve Gomez, President of EG Spanish Interpreting, LLC, will begin at 3 p.m. in the Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium, located in the Savannah Center. Panelist will include young Latino students willing to share their stories of struggles and success.

The Book

The House on Mango Street, a highly acclaimed book written in a series of vignettes, is the story of a young girl, Esperanza Cordero, growing up in a primarily Latino neighborhood of Chicago.

Cordero’s neighborhood is one of hard realities, and as a result, she has a desire to move beyond her roots. She does not want to belong to her rundown neighborhood, nor to the low expectations that seem to be destined for her.

According to the author, Cordero’s story is that of a young girl coming into her power, and inventing for herself what she eventually becomes.

Major themes of the book include Cordero’s quest for a better life, and a vow that after she leaves she will return to help the people she has left behind.

Get Involved

Throughout the academic year, the book will be integrated into classroom curricula, giving IU Northwest and Ivy Tech students, faculty and staff the opportunity to reflect on the diversity of themes.

The community is asked to join in the reading program by participating in events, which are open to the public.

Upcoming events include book discussions, spoken word seminars and contests, writing workshops, and a speaker series focused on building a stronger awareness of the Latino culture.

Additional details and updates on the IU Northwest One Book…One Campus…One Community reading initiative can be found at

Details regarding the Ivy Tech Community College North Central region reading initiative can be found at

The book is available for purchase at the IU Northwest Book Store, as well as through

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