Gator Reading

Growing Acceptance Through Organized Reading

GATOR (Growing Acceptance Through Organized Reading) is a campus-wide program engaging students, faculty and staff in small group introspective conversations about equity. Participants identify and discuss unintended barriers and formulate actionable strategies to reduce obstacles and bolster student success.

Each semester, we gather in Gator Hall for three sessions to discuss equity and a common reading.

For more information, contact the Chair of the GATOR Committee, Dr. April Julier (

Spring 2017

Our sharpest and most original social critic goes "undercover" as an unskilled worker to reveal the dark side of American prosperity.

Millions of Americans work full time, year round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that a job -- any job -- can be the ticket to a better life. But how does anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6 an hour? To find out, Ehrenreich left her home, took the cheapest lodgings she could find, and accepted whatever jobs she was offered. Moving from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, she worked as a waitress, a hotel maid, a cleaning woman, a nursing-home aide, and a Wal-Mart sales clerk. She lived in trailer parks and crumbling residential motels. Very quickly, she discovered that no job is truly "unskilled," that even the lowliest occupations require exhausting mental and muscular effort. She also learned that one job is not enough; you need at least two if you want to live indoors.

Nickel and Dimed reveals low-rent America in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity -- a land of Big Boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate stratagems for survival. Read it for the smoldering clarity of Ehrenreich's perspective and for a rare view of how "prosperity" looks from the bottom. You will never see anything -- from a motel bathroom to a restaurant meal -- in quite the same way again. ( review)

Nickel and Dimed

Spring 2017 Sessions





Discuss Equity & Class

90 min

Feb 14

Feb 15

9:30, 11, 12:30, 4, 7

Nickle & Dimed               
Parts I & II

60 min

Mar 28

Mar 29

9:30, 11, 12:30, 4, 7

Nickle & Dimed                 
Parts III & IV

60 min

Apr 18

Apr 19

9:30, 11, 12:30, 4, 7

All sessions meet in Gator Hall.

If you would like to share the presentation from Spring 2017 Convocation or our Spring 2017 student flyer, please find those documents here: