Online Human Books Event: Become a Human Book and tell us your story!

Between now and September 16, we’re looking for suggestions and/or volunteers for potential Human Books as we strive to create a diverse and inclusive roster for the event. As part of Cultural Harmony Week, we are looking for stories related to cultural and racial diversity that represent Geneseo’s minorities.

The Human Books Event utilizes a positive and interactive approach to challenge stereotypes and prejudices in a constructive and non-confrontational atmosphere of exploration and discovery. The event is intended to encourage dialogue as a path toward developing intellectual curiosity, empathy, and empowerment through the exploration of diversity, equity, and inclusion perspectives.

A Human Book is someone with a unique perspective and a personal story to tell or a passion to share. They’ll engage with Geneseo students, faculty, staff, and members of the community in several small groups or one-on-one conversations during the four-hour event. Though prepared remarks are fine, these are conversations, not presentations.

Some of the examples of Human Books include Holocaust survivors, community activists, members of the local LGBTQ+ community, immigrants, people with disabilities, a refugee, a first-generation college student, a Jamaican cuisine expert, faculty or staff from Non-Western background and more.

Would you like to participate as a Human Book? We want to hear from you! If you do so, please, fill out this form by September 16, 2020. Selected Human Books will be notified by the end of September.

Do you know of someone who might make a great Human Book? If so, please contact Alessandra Otero ( with any and all suggestions!

Flyer to download, print, and share:

Human Books Event Geneseo 2020 Flyer PDF

Human Books Event Flyer image and event description