Have you ever wondered what it is like to be deaf? What it is like to live with a mental illness? What it is like to be Muslim? The Highland Lakes Campus Diversity Committee and OCC Libraries will host the Human Library on Tuesday April 4 from 9am–1pm in the Student Center Arena. The Human Library event that allows “readers” to checkout volunteer “books” who represent multiple areas of diversity. Human Books represent a cross section of society that have been stereotyped. “Books” are not asked to be experts, but instead asked to be themselves and tell their story in response to questions asked by the “Reader”. This exercise allowed “Books” and “Readers” alike to meet people from other walks of life that they may not otherwise have had the opportunity to meet.
The Human Library was started in 2000 in Denmark to help break down barriers and end prejudice. The idea was simple: if you meet people from other walks of life, people different than yourself, they become real and no longer belong to a faceless group. Once people start talking and getting to know one another, it becomes harder to discriminate against others as we realize we are more similar than we are different. For more information, please go to www.humanlibrary.org.
On Tuesday April 4, at the OCC Highland Lakes Campus Student Center from 9am– 1pm, our Human Library will have 23 Human Book titles. Please come and check them out.