The Richland College Library will host Richland College’s first human library event on Nov. 8
from noon to 4 p.m. on the Lago Vista level of the library. This event is part of a global movement started by the Human Library Organization that is working to build spaces in the community for personal dialogue about issues that are often difficult, challenging and stigmatizing.
“We wanted to host this event to bring people together from different walks of life to share experiences with one another,” said Laura McKinnon, Richland College dean of educational resources. “The Human Library fosters constructive conversations about difficult issues.”
Richland College students, faculty and staff, as well as community members, are invited to come to the library to check out a “human book”–no library card required! A human book is a person who has volunteered to have a respectful conversation with others about a topic related to the person’s own experience of prejudice and/or discrimination. This can be due to issues such as race, sex, age, disability, sexual preference, gender identity, class, religion or belief, lifestyle choices or any other aspect of life.
Some of the human books currently signed up to be at the event include: “First Time Mom,” “Campus Police Officer,” “Returning to School as an Older Student,” “Working with Someone with a Mental Disability,” and “Woman in the Military.”
Anyone who wants to challenge a stereotype of prejudice and have an open, honest conversation with others can sign up to be a human book. This includes people in the community, and faculty, staff and students from any college in the Dallas County Community College District.
The Human Library Organization was started in 2000 by Ronni Abergel, Dany Abergel, Christoffer Erichsen and Asma Mouna, founders of the youth organization called Stop the Violence. It was designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudice through dialogue, and to provide a place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered. Human Library events have now taken place in more than 70 countries. For more information about the Human Library Organization, visit humanlibrary.org.
For more information about the Richland College library, visit alt.richlandcollege.edu/library.
11 universities promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics to tomorrow’s workforce
DALLAS – Richland College in Dallas has received a $48,256 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) as part of the Texas Youth in Technology (TYT) Strategic Workforce Development initiative. Supported with federal Workforce Investment Act Statewide Activity Funds, the workforce development strategy supports job-growth opportunities that align with Gov. Rick Perry’s Texas Industry Cluster Initiative.
“Educating our youth in advanced skills is one of the greatest tools we have to continue positioning Texas as a national and global economic leader,” said Gov. Perry. “Through support from the Texas Workforce Commission, these initiatives provide the foundation for future high-tech workforce success.”
Through its participation in TYT, Richland College of the Dallas County Community College District has clear-cut goals for supporting the governor’s initiatives and Texas employers.
“We are pleased that the TWC recognized our unique partnerships with the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of Texas at Arlington, and the University of North Texas to prepare students to enter those universities as juniors in their electrical engineering programs,” said Richland College president Stephen Mittelstet. “This funding will allow us to encourage and support even more students to enter that vital pipeline and succeed.”
The youth workforce development initiative will include an academic adviser to provide individual outreach to students earning Associate of Science degrees in engineering or computer science, helping to ensure successful completion of studies and transfer to the university level. Scholarships will cover tuition and textbook costs, and qualifying students will earn financial assistance. Faculty will mentor students, as well.
TYT and resulting projects will establish programs to increase postsecondary enrollments, retention, and graduates in engineering and computer science. Working with the Texas Engineering and Technical Consortium (TETC), the grant program also will increase collaboration among Texas employers, institutions of higher education, and collegiate engineering and science departments.
“A diverse workforce skilled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is critical to the future economic success and competitiveness of Texas,” said Arturo Sanchez III, TETC chair and Texas Instruments manager of Workforce Development.
TWC has awarded 11 TYT grants totaling $2,410,764 million. In addition to Richland College, recipients include:
• Prairie View A&M University, $312,137
• Sam Houston State University, $178,386
• San Jacinto College, $230,984
• Southern Methodist University, $211,155
• Texas Tech University, $241,449
• The University of Texas at Arlington, $272,162
• The University of Texas at Austin, $221,841
• The University of Texas at Dallas, $242,000
• University of Houston, $300,000
• University of North Texas, $152,393