Be Part of the Dialogue at the Human Library Event, Nov. 7

Be Part of the Dialogue at the Human Library Event, Nov. 7

Human Library Book

Human Book Anwen Su '21 will share her story, "A Disability or a Gift?"

The University community is invited to take part in meaningful conversations that challenge stereotypes and prejudices.

For the fourth year running the DiMenna-Nyselius Library will present the Human Library at Fairfield University. The event draws hundreds of students, alumni, faculty, and staff members to share and listen to each other’s stories about breaking down the barriers of stereotypes based on race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, life choices, and more. The event serves as a meaningful social, communal, and learning space for all those involved. Both the “human books” sharing their stories, and the “readers” engaging in conversations, have indicated the positive impact the event has had.

Last year, 94% of readers agreed that, through their conversations about the books’ experiences, values, and worldviews, they felt more connected to people who are different from themselves. One reader said, “The conversation made me more aware of the world around me and the struggles that people around me suffer through on a daily basis. Although I couldn't relate to the experiences, I could understand the struggle.”

In addition, 90% of readers reported that they are now more aware of the diversity within the Fairfield University community. Another reader shared how she likes that Fairfield provides this opportunity for people to get to know who is really a part of the community. The reader said, “As a minority, I really appreciate Fairfield striving to show the diversity of the school and to make people more aware that everyone has differences but we are all still alike in many ways.”

Again this year, the Human Library is comprised of “books” from different backgrounds who have a broad range of stories to tell. Cynthia is just one Human Library book and she will talk about overcoming the stereotype that low income students can’t succeed. As she said, “I hope that my story can reach out to students who are in the same situation I was in...I have high hopes that they can succeed especially in a college setting.” Colin is a “sequel book” and will share his story about coping with anxiety and stress. “It can be extremely difficult,” he said, “but it never has to be something you go through alone, especially since there are lots of resources ready to help.” 

Human Library

Date: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019
Time: Drop by 1 - 4:30 p.m. or 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: DiMenna-Nyselius Library

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