One Book, One Campus, One Community





The Ivy Tech North Central Diversity Committee is proud to begin the One Book Project at our campuses. Through the reading and discussion of each selection we hope to better understand what unifies us and what makes us unique. We’ll explore the author’s message its relevance to diversity on our campuses, in our communities, and around the world.


About The House on Mango Street

In a series of vignettes, The House on Mango Street covers a year in the life of Esperanza, a Chicana (Mexican-American girl), who is about twelve years old when the novel begins.

During the year, she moves with her family into a house on Mango Street. The house is a huge improvement from the family’s previous apartment, and it is the first home her parents actually own.

However, the house is not what Esperanza has dreamed of, because it is run-down and small. The house is in the center of a crowded Latino neighborhood in Chicago, a city where many of the poor areas are racially segregated.

Esperanza does not have any privacy, and she resolves that she will someday leave Mango Street and have a house all her own.

About Sandra Cisneros

Learn more about Sandra Cisneros by visiting the Random House website or connect with her by visiting her website.



The One Book Project is a collaborative effort between the Ivy Tech North Central Offices of Diversity Affairs and Student Life, IU Northwest and Barnes & Noble.

The House on Mango Street
Author: Sandra Cisneros


Doranna Byrd
Asst. Director of Diversity
574-289-7001 ext. 6371
dbyrd12@ivytech.edu