One Read For Racial Justice: Our Stories Carried Us Here

A One Read for Racial Justice Initiative

What is a One Read?

The One Read for Racial Justice is an annual, collaborative, campus-wide initiative that seeks to raise awareness about racial justice issues, create opportunities for dialogues across difference and discipline, and to promote community. It’s like a giant book club where we all get together to read a common text and then discuss it as a community and plan other events that help deepen our understanding of the book and its themes. The One Read is an initiative led by the library in collaboration with a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, and alumni across departments and disciplines.


What book are we reading?

Our Stories Carried Us Here: A Graphic Novel Anthology

This year’s book is an anthology of immigrant and refugee experiences, each told in graphic novel format with a different illustrator. It is published by Green Card Voices, an organization committed to reducing bias against immigrants and refugees through authentic storytelling. This book was chosen as a catalyst for more inclusive dialogues about immigration/refugee justice issues, to build community through story and art, and for its capacity to provide windows and mirrors to St Kate’s students. It even features the story of outstanding alum, Zaynab Abdi!

Where can I get the book?


How do I participate?

  • Read the book
  • Attend an event
  • Learn more by exploring our resource guide
  • Organize an event or host a discussion
  • Integrate the book into your course/work
  • Join the planning group


Fall 2022 Event Series


Traveling exhibit
Library - October 27 through November 9
CDC Atrium 2 - November 10-14
Ravenhorst Ballroom - November 15
St. Kate's Bookstore - November 21 through December 15
If you'd like to host this exhibit in your office or department, email


Friday, October 7
Immigrant Story Film Fest
Recital Hall


Tuesday, October 11
Citizen Screening & Panel
The O’Shaughnessy


Thursday, October 27
Story Stitch Circles
President's Dining Room


November 5-December 11
Between the Stripes, Under the Stars
Catherine G. Murphy Gallery 


Monday, November 7
St. Kate's Read: Learn to Read a Graphic Novel
President's Dining Room
Hosted by Alumni Relations


Tuesday, November 15
Our Stories Carried Us Here Storyteller & Artist Panel
Register Here


Graphic Storytelling workshop 


Thursday, December 1
Story Stitch Circles
President's Dining Room


Justice into Action event
Details soon to be announced!


Follow us here and on social media to keep up with new events as they are added!

Want to be more involved in the planning of this and future One Reads, including helping choose the next One Read text? Consider joining the planning group. Email Amy Mars ( for more information.