“It’s really exciting for me that this space and opportunity for dialogue is being created here at the university because I think it’s easy to get sidetracked by the reading and writing aspects of academia,” (U of T 2016)
“This is an opportunity to learn in a real, concrete way so many aspects of university life that we hear about, and at the same time make an actual connection with another human being.” (U of T 2016)
"There is no better way to discover all these things than to meet and have a meaningful conversation with every one of these wonderful people, to authentically appreciate and love who they are, in their identities, and in their beings." (Tan 2017)
Another participant related the experience to going on a journey of discovery, adding that she needed to dig deep at first and found out more about herself in the process. (University 2017)
The reason I decided to start this in Champaign-Urbana was because I volunteered with the Human Library Chicago, and I had very positive experiences at their events. I loved how it gave a voice to those that have had experienced oppression in their lives.(Mody 2016)
I am a lesbian as well as a first-generation college student, so I knew my experience could be one that would be helpful for people to hear. However, I thought people would be much more interested in my “title” of First-Generation College Student than my “title” of Lesbian. . . . Color me surprised when many people “checked me out” and actually had serious questions, questions about how they could help their loved ones who are LGBT, questions about how they can help as allies.(Mody 2016)
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