The UTAS Community Friends and Network Programme launched its "Human Library" at Bishop Davies Court aged-care facility recently and the theme was "Celebrating Diversi-tea as a Human Library."
About 20 international and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) UTAS students visited the residents. Many students chose to wear the traditional dress of their countries of origin, which prompted much admiration from the residents, who also dressed for the occasion by wearing Hawaiian leis.
The morning tea was an opportunity for the students (the human books) to share their personal stories with the residents (the readers). Through conversations, students shared stories about their homes, cultures and their experiences as UTAS students from another country. The aim of the Human Library is to bring students together to strengthen social inclusion, reduce isolation and build social connections within the local community.
Image 1: A beautiful balloon garland adorned the Human Library event venue
Image 2: A UTAS student shares some piano music with the crowd
Image 3: An excess of tea delighted guests at the event
Image 4: Bishop Davies Court residents greet UTAS students
Image 5: Pyn Trueman talks with student Abraham Daniel, whose gorgeous traditional dress attracted a lot of attention
Image 6: Resident Betty Bieta chats with student Fifi Hwaba who is on her way to becoming a nurse
Image 7: Resident Eva Fan Engen, herself from the Netherlands, chats with a UTAS student
Image 8: Student Alex says hello to resident Betty Gullen
Image 9: Students and residents join together for a game of jacks
Image 10: Students circulate at the event
Image 11: The crowd at the Human Library event
Image 12: The Human Library event
Image 13: The Human Library event has never been held in Hobart before
Image 14: The Human Library event was a riot of colour
Image 15: The live music was a big hit at the event
Image 16: The residents were keen to ask questions of the students and share information about themselves
Image 17: The whole Human Library group
Authorised by the Vice-Chancellor
28 May, 2013