Williams Reads aims to foster new connections among students, staff, faculty, and community members by exploring diversity through a common reading experience. Developed by the Committee on Diversity and Community (CDC), Williams Reads is an initiative offered as an opportunity for us to explore a book together that will help us to celebrate and deepen our appreciation of diversity. It is a goal of the CDC to select a book that will stimulate community engagement and challenging conversation.

Free copies of this year’s Williams Reads book will be sent this summer to all incoming Class of 2019 students in the preparation for First Days conversations. Special events, outside speakers, and other activities for the entire campus and local community will extend to Claiming Williams Day, February 2016.

Williams Reads 2015-2016 Book:
Enrique’s Journey  by Sonia Nazario ’82


This painstakingly re­searched book is not just the story of Enrique, a teenager from  Honduras whom Nazario first wrote about in a Pulitzer Prize-winning news­paper series from which this book springs. It is also an anthropology of the peripatetic youth bent on braving the obstacles that stand be­tween their home villages and the North Ameri­can cities where their mothers moved in search of jobs, money and the chance to better their family’s lives back home . “Enrique’s Journey” explores the unintended, and largely under­-reported, consequences of those choices.—The New York Times Book Review. May 7, 2006.

More about the book and the author.