Diversity Scholars host Human Library


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Alex Brinkhorst

The UK Libraries Undergraduate Diversity Scholars organized a new kind of library in the William T. Young Library here on campus.

The Human Library is a project in which volunteers from different minority groups communicate with other students called “readers.” Readers can check out a volunteer, also called a “book,” then the pair is seated together and they are free to talk.

This year’s event was put together by the UK Diversity Scholar Interns as part of a yearly project.

“We had one last year but they did the whole planning and carrying out in three weeks…[the interns] were at last year’s event and enjoyed it,” UK Library Diversity Committee Chair Judy Sackett said.

Sackett also explained that the interns had to get approval for the university from the Human Library Project and that they received a grant to help with the event.

“What the event is trying to do is to create a safe environment for people from minority communities to really come and share their stories and the stereotypes they faced throughout their life and maybe try and break those stereotypes down,” Diversity Scholar intern Vaibhav Chitkara said.

“It really takes out all the questions and the fears an individual has,” Chitkara said.

Chitkara said this year was much larger than the inaugural event last year.

“Hopefully throughout the years as the event goes longer and longer we will be able to get more and more people to join and share their stories,” Chitkara said.

The 14 volunteer books covered a wide range of topics such as sexuality, race, chronic illness, mental illness, class, religion and refugees.

The Human Library Project started in Denmark in 2000 and has since grown.