campus partner(s)

That Can Be Me Inc.






Special Project

award date


project director

Ann Kowal Smith

That Can Be Me, Inc.

Grant Summary

$150,000 over 24 months for promotion and refinement of Books@Work, a program that partners colleges and companies to bring faculty-led liberal arts experiences to adults in workplace and community settings. Weekly seminars guide participants through readings that enable them to investigate essential questions, explore diverse perspectives, and inspire them to find their voice. The model incorporates mixed cohorts that include front-line workers, clerical staff, and supervisors in cross-hierarchical and cross-functional programs. By blending these groups, participants are encouraged to “leave their positions at the door” and engage with each other as individuals as well as colleagues.