Take a sneak peek at our Human Library

Griffith University Human Library

What happens when you get a group of people together in one room sharing their life stories, confronting social stigma and challenging prejudice? Magic!

Gold Coast campus library hosted its second Human Library on Wednesday 21 March 2018, where students and staff had the opportunity to borrow and ‘read’ a person instead of a book. Our human books shared their personal stories about their lives faced with discrimination and prejudice.

Griffith student Blair participated in the Human Library as a Transgender book.

‘They were genuinely curious to find out more information,’ Blair said.

‘I expected to be discriminated against, but it wasn’t like that at all. People were genuinely curious to learn.’

Student Jazmina said her participation in the Human Library as a Hijabi Muslim book was freeing.

‘I was able to say things to people that I’ve never said before,’ Jazmina said.

‘It gave me a chance to articulate what I’ve been thinking my whole life.’

It was great to see everyone connecting with each other, sharing their different life stories and social and cultural backgrounds. It just shows that by being open and respectful, asking questions and sharing experiences we can create a better and more understanding world!

Take a sneak peek at some of the amazing moments that our books and readers shared!

At Griffith, everyone belongs.

Human Library brings our community together

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What an epic day we had at our Human Library event on Wednesday 21 March 2018 at the Gold Coast Library!

Human Libraries are a worldwide movement for social change. They are designed to connect people from different walks of life to break down social barriers and challenge prejudice and stereotypes through conversation.

At our Human Library, students and staff had the opportunity to borrow and ‘read’ a living and breathing person instead of a book. Twenty amazing human books (e.g. Bullied, Depressed, Transgender, Hijabi Muslim, Veteran, POW) were available to be loaned out for a 20 minute open and honest chat.

Each of our human books had an extraordinary story to tell about their life experiences often faced with social stigma and discrimination. It was great to see our human books and readers connect over meaningful conversations. Questions were asked, stories shared and topics, that we don’t often get the chance to talk about, were discussed.

What did some of our readers say?

‘This was a fantastic opportunity to promote social cohesion. I really enjoyed being able to hear the personal stories of people whom I would meet in everyday life but be otherwise unaware of their challenges and triumphs.’

‘The honesty and openness of participants, and hearing about how they faced and overcame prejudice and adversity. Even as someone who feels they are open to everyone from any walk of life, there is still a lot to learn from the plight of those who are judged by their background, beliefs or situation.’

‘This is such a special event which encapsulates what Griffith is about – showing that we can all be remarkable in our everyday lives. I was so proud to be a part of it.’

So where to from here?

We want you to continue sharing your stories and engage in positive conversation with each other in order to create a more accepting community! And most importantly? Don’t judge a book by its cover! Because at Griffith, everyone belongs.

Stay tuned for our Human Library video, soon to be released!