This session highlights the work of Fairfield University’s Library in creating an open space for dialogue to combat stereotypes within their own community by holding a Human Library event. The Human Library supports dialogue in which “Human Books”, or people with a story to tell about their identity, can be “checked out” by “Readers” (event attendees) for one-on-one conversations that have the potential for authentic and honest connection. Assessment results tied to social justice student learning outcomes are presented. Practical advice for how to bring this event to their own Jesuit campuses is shared.
Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities Social Justice Conference Through the Eye of the Needle: The Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education
Kremer, Jacalyn A. and Ghilardi, Barbara, "Encountering Ourselves through the Human Library" (2017). DiMenna-Nyselius Library Publications. 9.
Kremer, J. & B. Ghilardi. (Aug. 2017). Encountering Ourselves through the Human Library. Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities Social Justice Conference Through the Eye of the Needle: The Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education, Seattle University, Seattle, WA.