Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.28
Liaison Ciara Tennis
Submission Date Nov. 3, 2022

STARS v2.2

Eastern Connecticut State University
IN-48: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
The Human Library @ Eastern

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

In April 2022, the Smith Library, in partnership with the Unity Wing and other departments on campus, organized a Human Library event.
This event aims to promote dialogue and a deeper understanding among people. Students, faculty, and staff volunteer as Human Books representing individuals who have experienced discrimination based on race, religion,
sexual orientation, class, gender, identity, lifestyle choices, disability, and other aspects of their life.
At the event, participants can ‘read’ the book – meaning they would have a one-on-one conversation and ask questions about challenging issues. The Human Library provides the opportunity for the Eastern campus community to share and understand the experiences of others and break down barriers.
There were 13 human books and at least 56 conversations, and both readers and books commented on how powerful these conversations were. (See attached document for more details)
https://www.easternct.edu/news/_stories-and-releases/2022/04-april/the-human-library-at-eastern.html


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:

Information for this credit was input by Ciara Tennis, University Assistant for Climate and Sustainability Initiatives.

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