Building connections starts with a shared experience. This summer, every new student will receive a copy of Trevor Noah’s memoir “Born A Crime.” The book details Trevor’s experience as a child born to a black South African mother and a white European father growing up in South Africa during the last days of apartheid. With your copy of the book, you received a letter sharing some prompts to complete while you read. You can also use this research guide, provided by the Syracuse University Libraries, for additional information and resources.

When you get to campus after reading the book, you will participate in a five-week discussion session, engaging in important discussions with your peers. The book and discussions aim to explore themes of diversity, inclusion and belonging – and what it means to come together as a community to share those ideals. Your participation and completion of assignments in the shared reading discussions will also be a part of our anchor course grade. Your course schedule will include this five-week discussion series - listed as SEM 100.