Human Library event to challenge prejudices, stereotypes

Alcoholism. Anorexia. Obesity. Mental illness. Journalist. Gambling addiction. Dyslexia. Physical discomfort. Jewish. Victim of rape. Incest. Transgender. Police officer. Muslim. Cheerful.

We all have a story, and Northwood University hopes you’ll share yours. The university is looking for “human books” who will tell their stories to members of campus and the local community to promote tolerance; celebrating differences; and encourage understanding between people who come from different lifestyles or cultural backgrounds.

It’s all part of the next Human Library event at the Strosacker Library & Learning Commons. The human library concept is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and biases through dialogue. The Human Library, which is set to take place this year from 4-7 p.m. on April 5, is a place where real people — like students, faculty, alumni and residents of the community at large — will be on loan to readers.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to participate in a meaningful program,” said Rochelle Zimmerman, director of library services at Northwood University. “The format isn’t like a training seminar or a conference – it’s real people with real stories sharing one-on-one with attendees.”

If you would like to share your story – and in doing so, help challenge prejudice and stereotypes – please visit the Human Library book request form and register before April 1.

For more information, email Rochelle Zimmerman at [email protected]