CU Center for Interprofessional Practice & Education

Past Year One Book One Campus Selections

2022-2023 Academic Year 


Tell Me Who You Are: Sharing Our Stories of Race, Culture, & Identity  

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This One Book One Campus selection amplifies our theme of community, allyship and being an upstander. 


“Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi recount their experiences talking to people from all walks of life about race and identity on a cross-country tour of America. Spurred by the realization that they had nearly completed high school without hearing any substantive discussion about racism in school, the two young women deferred college admission for a year to collect first-person accounts of how racism plays out in this country every day--and often in unexpected ways. In Tell Me Who You Are, Guo and Vulchi reveal the lines that separate us based on race or other perceived differences and how telling our stories--and listening deeply to the stories of others--are the first and most crucial steps we can take towards negating racial inequity in our culture.  


Featuring interviews with over 150 Americans accompanied by their photographs, this intimate toolkit also offers a deep examination of the seeds of racism and strategies for effecting change. This groundbreaking book will inspire readers to join Guo and Vulchi imagining an America in which we can fully understand and appreciate who we are.” 

2022-2023 Academic Year      


Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love and So Much More 



This One Book One Campus selection,Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love and So Much More by Janet Mock. 


In her profound and courageous New York Times bestseller, Janet Mock establishes herself as a resounding and inspirational voice for the transgender community—and anyone fighting to define themselves on their own terms. 
With unflinching honesty and moving prose, Janet Mock relays her experiences of growing up young, multiracial, poor, and trans in America, offering readers accessible language while imparting vital insight about the unique challenges and vulnerabilities of a marginalized and misunderstood population. Though undoubtedly an account of one woman’s quest for self at all costs, Redefining Realness is a powerful vision of possibility and self-realization, pushing us all toward greater acceptance of one another—and of ourselves—showing as never before how to be unapologetic and real. 

Janet Mock is a writer, TV host, and advocate tackling stigma through storytelling. With a Master’s in journalism from New York University, the Honolulu native began her career as an editor at and went on to write cover stories for Marie Claire, Interview, and The Advocate as well as essays for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Lenny. She produced HBO’s The Trans List, hosts the podcast Never Before, and serves as a columnist for Allure. Called a “fearless new voice” and “trailblazing leader” who “changed my way of thinking” by Oprah Winfrey, Janet was a featured speaker at the historic Women’s March on Washington. She is the author of Surpassing Certainty and the New York Times bestseller Redefining Realness. Find out more at


2020-2021 Academic Year 


Black Man in a White Coat 

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This One Book One Campus selection: Black Man in a White Coat- a memoir published in 2016 by Dr. Damon Tweedy describing his experience grappling with race, bias, and the unique health problems of black Americans.  While this book provides the perspective of Tweedy who is an MD, the themes of structural racism and health inequities will likely resonate across health professions. Kirkus Reviews said “An arresting memoir that personalizes the enduring racial divide in contemporary American medicine.... In this unsparingly honest chronicle, Tweedy cohesively illuminates the experiences of black doctors and black patients and reiterates the need for improved understanding of racial differences within global medical communities.” 


2019-2020 Academic Year  





This One Book One Campus selection: Dreamland the True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones, was chosen to align with the theme of responding to the opiate crisis.   


The author speaks to many healthcare related groups in this book. In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America—addiction like no other country has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland. With a great reporter's narrative skill and the storytelling ability of a novelist, acclaimed journalist Sam Quinones weaves together two classic tales of capitalism run amok whose unintentional collision has been catastrophic. The unfettered prescribing of pain medications during the 1990s reached its peak in Purdue Pharma's campaign to market OxyContin, its new, expensive—and extremely addictive—miracle painkiller. Meanwhile a massive influx of black tar heroin—cheap, potent, and originating from one small county on Mexico's west coast, independent of any drug cartel—assaulted small towns and midsized cities across the country, driven by a brilliant, almost unbeatable marketing and distribution system. Together these phenomena continue to lay waste to communities from Tennessee to Oregon, Indiana to New Mexico.  ~ 400 pages (related movie coming in 2020). 


2018-2019 Academic Year 


The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 


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This One Book One Campus selection: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death by Jean-Dominique Bauby aligns with the theme of Strengthening Ourselves through Awareness and Resilience (SOAR).  


The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, a brief but powerful memoir, is a testimony to mindfulness and more. From a BMJ review, “this book is undoubtedly a medical masterpiece because of its uncompromising account of human nature; how it wilts under sufferance and pain but blossoms with even a trace of kindness and love. It is pertinent to our professional and personal lives, reminding us to treat patients (or indeed anyone) as we would wish to be treated ourselves.” 


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