The Human Library concept is of a library that lends people rather than books.
Introducing the youth and young adults to the experiences and journeys of other community members is one of the pillars of this program. In addition, it is an effective way to build bridges between different cultures and communities through introducing the experience that Arab American can share with everyone regardless of their backgrounds.
The ‘Books’ are people who have experienced various life experiences like success, struggles, prejudice…. etc. They are ‘borrowed’ by ‘Readers’ who can ask any question they like, to both learn about the other person and also challenge their own prejudice.
The idea is about sharing, questioning and reflecting that can radically shift perceptions. and people who have taken part in these events elsewhere have reported that they can be profound experiences.
Wish you happy reading!
October 21, 2022 @7 pm
Boston College-Fulton Hall Room 511
Souad Akib is a Moroccan-American community activist , a mother of two daughters, a wife and a full-time banker at Citizens Bank. In her position as a personal banker, she met many Arab families who were facing various difficulties and needed translation/interpretation services. In 2010, Souad who is fluent in Arabic, French, and English formed the American Association for Arab Women (AAAW). She felt the need of leadership and community organizing for the Arab community in particular women. Souad’s inspiration is to build Arab leaders in the community who can take on civic responsibilities. She was honored with the 2012 YMCA’s “Women of Distinction” award for her community service and commitment to AAAW’s mission.