Chapman University’s Black Book Nook Wins CASE Award

Chapman University’s Black Book Nook won an award as part of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s (CASE) 2023 Circle of Excellence Awards for Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

The award recognizes exceptional achievement in advancement services that impact institutions and communities around the world.

“I am thrilled to see Chapman University’s Black Book Nook winning this prestigious award,” said Essraa Nawar, Leatherby Libraries’ diversity and development librarian. “This is no small feat. They received more than 4,000 entries from members in 27 countries.”

The Black Book Nook is a growing collection of more than 250 books that foster education and community engagement with Black history, thought, literature and culture.

The idea was sparked when Reginald Chhen Stewart, vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion, led a collaboration between Iowa State University and Ames Public Library for a virtual “black book nook.” Stewart then presented his idea to the Leatherby Libraries, which resulted in the library bringing a physical Black Book Nook to the first floor.

“This award validates Chapman’s dedication to fostering inclusivity in our community and beyond,” said Nawar. “We are grateful for this honor, and are inspired to continue our efforts in making Chapman an even more equitable space where everyone feels valued and heard.”

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