Return to NetVUE Homepage The NetVUE Big Read

​During the 2022 calendar year (during the spring or fall semester, or over the summer), staff and faculty members at NetVUE institutions are invited to read together The Purpose Gap: Empowering Communities of Color to Find Meaning and Thrive. This book, published by Westminster/John Knox in 2021, is written by Patrick B. Reyes, professor senior director for learning design at The Forum for Theological Exploration. This book will be useful for staff and faculty members, and may also be appropriate for use in the undergraduate classroom.

NetVUE will directly support member institutions that develop local campus projects related to this year’s Big Read. Toward that end, up to 20 free copies of the book will be supplied to those institutions that design a compelling program for faculty members, administrators, and staff to read the book in group settings (which may be virtual ones). Member institutions are invited to draft simple proposals (two pages maximum) that address the following five points:

  • A basic description of the institution’s plan for faculty members, staff, and/or administrators to read and discuss the book (including a tentative schedule for reading—whether during spring semester, over the summer, or during the fall semester);
  • The incentives and accountability structures that will be provided for campus participation in the group reading project and the number of participants that it can reasonably expect to attract;
  • Any planned campus activities related to the book (public lectures, sharing proposals for the book’s use in a future course, or other activities that might draw attention to the book among campus audiences beyond the reading group);
  • An indication of the institution’s planned financial support of its local Big Read project, which should be at least twice the cost of the books that NetVUE is being asked to provide (figured at $10 per copy requested); and
  • A brief description of how the institution will promote the Big Read and associated program activities (both on campus and network-wide), as well as a stated commitment to provide NetVUE with a one-page report on the institution’s experience of the program at its conclusion.

Each member institution may offer one proposal, which should be submitted by that institution’s NetVUE Campus Contact. Books will be awarded, and shipped directly in bulk to the Campus Contact, based on the proposal. To apply, the NetVUE Campus Contact should send a document (two pages maximum) in MS Word or PDF format as an email attachment to Lynne Spoelhof, NetVUE program manager, at Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis, but must be received by October 31, 2022. After that date, proposals will be accepted for the 2023 Big Read, about which more information will be available on this website starting November 1. Proposals should be submitted at least four weeks before the campus project is expected to begin (to allow adequate time for project approval and shipping).

Questions about the 2022 NetVUE Big Read may be directed to David S. Cunningham, director of NetVUE, at or (616) 395-6750.