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Hill Learning Center Summer Read

“Hill’s faculty, staff, and Board are excited to deepen our understanding of diverse perspectives through our annual Summer Read. This community experience lays the groundwork for a year-long exploration of identity and belonging, at Hill and beyond our walls.” – DEI Committee Co-Chair Jeanne Tilley

Summer is a great time to kick back, relax, and dive into a good book. This summer, the faculty and staff at Hill Learning Center are doing just that, as we explore themes of identity with fantastic book recommendations from our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. Hill Learning Center’s Summer Read program includes books that can better prepare our faculty to teach our students to self-advocate and express pride and confidence without denying the coexisting value and identity of others. We’re excited to share the three books Hill’s faculty and staff are reading this summer, and challenge you to join us!

What are we reading this summer?

This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel portrays the life of a family as they grow and raise five children, and the youngest of which wants to change genders. The family, attempting to adjust, tries to keep it a secret until it culminates and one day, their secret explodes.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi is an emotional novel with three-hundred-year-old origins in Ghana about the lives of two half-sisters born in different villages. Each thread follows their respective journeys through generations, immigration, and wars, and describes how their memories become engraved in time.

The Leavers by Lisa Ko is about an 11-year-old Chinese immigrant who is adopted by two white college professors after the sudden disappearance of his mother. This powerful story examines his struggle to find himself in an unfamiliar community while dealing with his past.

How Hill Learning Center Can Help

We can make a difference. Hill Learning Center is dedicated to transforming students with learning differences and attention challenges into confident, independent learners. Contact us if you’re interested in taking the next step.

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