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One Campus, One Book 2020 - 2021

One Campus, One Book is a program designed by the University Library to encourage a common reading experience and sense of community at California State University, Los Angeles.

Linking to the E-Book

If you wish to embed the e-book in your syllabi or other materials, here is the direct, stable link:

Assignment and Activity Ideas

Librarians who are members of the OCOB committee are here to support the integration of the book into courses. Always Running is a memoir that covers varied and rich content.

We hope the lists below spark ideas. Please contact a member of the OCOB Committee for further resources (Visit the Contact Tab).

Potential Activities:

  • Writing prompts
  • Reading Journals – read an excerpt or chapter, reflect in a journal, and have a discussion.
  • Discussions
  • Presentations
  • Digital Humanities projects (mapping, timelines)
  • Speeches
  • Concerts or study of musicians discussed in the book (e.g., Miles Davis)
  • Theater performances/adaptations
  • Letters (to a politician)


  • Discrimination and institutionalized racism  
  • Immigrant experience 
  • L.A. gangs 
  • Street violence 
  • Substance use 
  • Juvenile and criminal justice systems 
  • Police brutality 
  • Rehabilitation 
  • Intergenerational conflict and trauma
  • Mental health
  • Health systems and health disparities among low-income people of color and immigrants

Sensitive Topics in the Book

There are a number of sensitive topics that come up in the book. The One Campus, One Book Chair and Humanities Librarian, Paizha Stoothoff, has a document that lists page numbers of sensitive topics for instructors. If you'd like the document, please email Paizha at 

John F. Kennedy Memorial Library
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8300