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GGC READS: American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures

A guide with information on the 21-22 GGC Reads Program



American Like Me: Reflections of Life Between Cultures Essay Contest

Spring semester 2021

Have you had a chance to read this year’s GGC Reads book, “American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures,” edited by actress America Ferrera?  Now it’s your turn to talk about your experiences and possibly receive a cash prize.

GGC Reads proudly announces an essay contest. Cash prizes are being offered in two categories: written essay and multimedia essay, responding to the question “What does it mean to be an American?”

Three winners will be selected from each category with $125 for first place, $75 for second place and$50 for third place.

Submissions must be received by Friday, April 9, 11:59 p.m. No submissions will be accepted after this date and time. The GGC Reads Committee will serve as essay contest judges.

Winners will be announced to the campus on Friday, April 30, and this information will be included in various campus communications.

General contest rules

• All essay authors and creators must currently be registered students at GGC.

• All essay entries must be original work. If submitting an essay used as part of a class assignment, make sure there are no marks or grades on the submission.

• Entries for each category will be judged on originality and clarity.

• Any citations included must be according to Publication Manual of the American Psychological

Association, Seventh Edition (APA).

• Use the essay application form (PDF) found here:

and include the essay as an attachment submitted to the GGC Reads D2L site: Assignment: American Like Me: Written Essay Contest; Assignment: American Like Me: Multimedia Essay Contest.

• To ensure blind review, please do not include your name on the actual submission but only on

the accompanying submission form.

• Essay submission file name should be Essaytitle_date and the accompanying submission form

file name should be Lastname_FirstName_EssayTitle.

Written essay rules

• Written essays should be no more than 1,000 words in length.

• Written essays must be submitted using Times New Roman, double-spaced.

Multimedia essay rules

• Essays must be at least two minutes but not longer than five minutes.

• Your major should be on the first slide. To ensure a blind review, please only include your name on the accompanying submission form.

• You are encouraged to make use of text, video, pictures, audio, etc.

• Content must be appropriate for showcasing (e.g., language, etc.).

• Documents be saved in PowerPoint format. If done on a Mac with Keynote, make sure it is

exported to the PowerPoint format.

Questions? Please send them to Winning submissions will be added to General Space, GGC’s institutional repository

GGC READS Committee Announces GGC Reads titles for 2021 - American Like Me: Reflection on Life Between Cultures

Gwinnett County is the 2nd most populated county in the state of Georgia out of 159 counties and has a racial diversity touted by many as a reflection of what America will look like in the not so distant future.

Ongoing multiple pandemics (COVID, racial, mental health issues) and recent events have emphasized the need for equity, diversion and inclusivity, both inside and outside our classroom walls. It has also stressed the need for all of us to have our voices heard and a space where we are welcomed and feel a strong sense of belonging.

Please join GGC Reads as we use America Ferrera’s, American Like Me: Reflection on Life Between Cultures as this year’s campus read. This book is a collection of powerful narratives about living between and across cultures that are striving to be recognized as American. It is also a story of a diverse group of people (athletes, comedians, writers) that are immigrants, children or  grandchildren of immigrants that struggled to establish a sense of self, find belonging, and feel seen. 

American Like Me is the next step in our ongoing campus conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusivity continuing to create a climate where everyone can fully participate and celebrate both our commonalities and differences, thrive in our campus community, and feel welcomed and supported for academic success. Please join the conversation as we share stories showcasing triumph over adversity and experiences of resilience in this melting pot called America.

Free copies of the book are available from the desk on the first floor of Kaufman Library. Please stop by to pick up your copy and stay tuned for future events including an essay contest.

For more information please see the GGC Reads website.

CTE Announces Faculty Info Sections on American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures

We invite those that want to continue their path to DEI as well as share stories showcasing triumph over adversity and experiences of resilience in this melting pot called America

to join us in the GGC Reads, where we celebrate the work of America Ferrera in American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures. This book uses narratives from various celebrities' artists, and athletes on their path to understand what is means to be American.

We invite you join the GGC Reads committee for a short info session on this GGC Reads selection, the GGC Reads initiative, and how you can incorporate it in your classroom. The info session will be held virtually on the following dates (click on the date to be taken to the registration page). For those interested a free copy of the book is available.

Friday, February 19, from 11:00 - 11:30 AM

Tuesday, February 23, from 1:00 - 1:30 PM