Shared Reading


The Walker College of Business Shared Reading Initiative brings students, faculty and staff together to read and discuss a work on social and/or environmental justice. The work selected will highlight ways business can help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The shared reading book is selected by the office of Global and Civic Engagement, with input from the Inclusive Excellence Liaisons and/or the Sustainability Steering Committee.


Faculty/Staff Reading

Faculty and staff read and discuss the selected work in the spring semester. Faculty are encouraged to incorporate the book into their courses for the following academic year. 

Student Reading

The following academic year, business students read the selected book and attend a book discussion, either as part of their academic courses or as an optional personal enrichment activity.

2021 Book Selection


Flynn, A., Warren, D., Wong, F., & Holmberg, S. (2017). The Hidden Rules of Race. In The Hidden Rules of Race: Barriers to an Inclusive Economy (Cambridge Studies in Stratification Economics: Economics and Social Identity, pp. I-Ii). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


"Why do black families own less than white families? Why does school segregation persist decades after Brown v. Board of Education? Why is it harder for black adults to vote than for white adults? Will addressing economic inequality solve racial and gender inequality as well? This book answers all of these questions and more by revealing the hidden rules of race that create barriers to inclusion today. While many Americans are familiar with the histories of slavery and Jim Crow, we often don't understand how the rules of those eras undergird today's economy, reproducing the same racial inequities 150 years after the end of slavery and 50 years after the banning of Jim Crow segregation laws. This book shows how the fight for racial equity has been one of progress and retrenchment, a constant push and pull for inclusion over exclusion. By understanding how our economic and racial rules work together, we can write better rules to finally address inequality in America." - Amazon Book Summary

Shared Reading Events

Faculty/Staff Virtual Book Discussion - April 15, 2021  at 3 pm (time may be adjusted to fit participant schedules, if needed)  ADD TO GOOGLE CALENDAR

Student Panel Book Discussion - Fall 2021 Date/Time TBD

Book Access

Walker College of Business faculty and staff interested in participating in the Spring 2021 Shared Reading Program should sign up by February 21st to receive a free copy of "The Hidden Rules of Race."

Unlimited access to the digital version is also available through the Appalachian State Universty Library.


Interested but want to find out more? Contact Meredith Church Pipes at