DoBS supports Go Big Read!

The Division of Business Services EID Committee invites you to join us in participating in Go Big Read. Participation is strictly voluntary.

Go Big Read is a UW-Madison book program that offers a shared, academically-focused reading experience. It is similar to a book club in that participants read the book and get together to discuss it. However, it is different from a book club in that UW-Madison selects only one book per year to be read and discussed in classrooms, staff and faculty groups, community clubs and organizations.

Business Services EID Committee members believe Go Big Read is a means to:

  • Promote engagement in our workplace
  • Enhance understanding and respect for diversity in backgrounds and cultures
  • Generate discussion and exchange of ideas and perspectives
  • Raise awareness regarding social challenges that exist across the country and in our own community

This Year’s Go Big Read Selected Book:  Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance (264 pages)

Vance describes his upbringing and family background. He writes about a family history of poverty and low-paying, physical jobs that have since disappeared or worsened in their guarantees, and compares this life with his perspective after leaving that area and life. Vance was raised in Middletown, Ohio, though his ancestors were from Breathitt County, Kentucky. Their Appalachian values include traits like loyalty, love of country, and tendency towards violence and verbal abuse. He recounts his grandparents’ alcoholism and abuse, and his unstable mother’s history of drug addictions and failed relationships. Vance’s grandparents eventually reconcile and become his de facto guardians, particularly spurred by his tough but loving grandmother, such that Vance was able to leave his town and ascend social ladders to attend Ohio State University and Yale Law School.

If you would like to take part in Go Big Read, we ask that you:

  • Register HERE (or sign up at MDS/SWAP) by December 18, 2017
  • Read the book by February 28, 2018
  • Make an effort to attend a group discussion.  Multiple lunchtime discussions will be scheduled at each site (MDS/SWAP, Bursar’s, and 21 N Park).  Discussion schedule will be announced in January.
  • Participate in group discussions in a thoughtful and respectful manner.

Books will be provided free of charge to all who want to participate.  We hope to get the books distributed by December 21, 2017.

More information about the Go Big Read program is available here:

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Dawn (, 262-9680).

We hope that you will join us!  Student employees are welcome to participate, so student supervisors, please feel free to forward this to your students.

Rochelle Cushman
Division of Business Services EID Committee Chair

Sent on behalf of the Division of Business Services EID Committee
Rochelle Cushman, Accounting Services
Donnie Finch, Bursar’s Office
Margaret Hoffman, Risk Management
Hartley Murray, Purchasing Services
Ginger Perkins, Bursar’s Office
Simi Ragha, Accounting Services
Dawn Rekoske, Office of Content Management, Communications & Training