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Libraries' 'Voices' showcase seeks applications for volunteer storytellers

Applications accepted until Dec. 4 for March 23-25 event

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State University Libraries is seeking individuals to serve as storytellers for its fifth annual VOICES: Share Your Story Showcase on Tuesday-Thursday, Mar. 23-25, 2021. VOICES 2021 is Penn State’s adaptation of the “Human Library,” an innovative model focused on creating dialogue to challenge prejudices and stereotypes.  Each “voice” is an individual from marginalized or stigmatized identities sharing aspects of their life journey with the Penn State Community.

Volunteer “voices” hail from all walks of life, ages, genders and lifestyle choices; and must be willing to share their experiences in group conversations. They will answer participants’ honest, curious questions in an effort to challenge stereotypes and prejudice through dialogue — and difficult questions are expected and appreciated. Because this is a virtual event, organizers are seeking voices from across the global Penn State community impacted by any level of dismissal, prejudice or disenfranchisement based on one or more visible or invisible identities.

The hope is that such interaction will promote inclusion, encourage civil discourse to reduce bias and challenge narrow perspectives. If you are interested in applying for VOICES 2021, complete the application by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4 at  VOICES 2021 Application. For more detailed information on serving as a VOICES 2021 storyteller, click this FAQ

VOICES 2021 is sponsored by the University Libraries in cooperation with Penn State’s Adult Learner Programs and Services, Schreyer Honors College, the Gender Equity Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, the Center for the Performing Arts and the Paul Robeson Cultural Center.

Questions can be directed to Jenny Sak, assistant director of the Paul Robeson Cultural Center at  

Last Updated April 15, 2021