The Human Library at Stonehill

The Human Library Comes to Stonehill
On October 27, 2016 from 1:00 to 4:00pm at the MacPhaidin Library

The Library Books:

Constanza A. Cabello
Directory of Intercultural Affairs

While many people assume I am a US-Citizen, I’m not! I immigrated to the US form Chile as a baby and I’ve been a green card holder for most of my life.



Cheryl McGrath
Library Director

Availability: 1:00 - 4:00pm

I will be talking about the following:
Parent to a neurodiverse, special needs child
White adoptive parent to a kid of color (WaP to KoC)
International adoption, Atheism, Obesity, Infertility
Everything political


Liz Chase
Head of Collections, Assessment and User Engagement

Availability: 1:00 - 4:00pm

When I think of “first-generation college students,” I often think of recent immigrants or people from a rural background. I am neither of those things, yet I was a first-generation college student and that shaped my college experience in a number of ways.

I’ve also recently become a parent, and I am interested in discussing both Parental Leave and Equal Pay.


Joe Favazza
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Availability: 1:00, 1:30 & 3:00pm

I can talk about growing up white and Catholic in the heavily segregated and evangelical world of Memphis, Tennessee.  This includes my experience of April 4, 1968, the day Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis.  I also can share my experiences of adopting three children internationally.



Patrick Hale
Assistant Director of Intercultural Affairs

I can talk about my experience being a person of color at a predominantly white institution, who also came out as queer more than 12 years ago. Also, my experience as a first-generation college student has heavily influenced my career trajectory and passion for higher learning.



Cheryl Brigante
Head of Technical Services
Available 1:00pm - 4:00pm 

Being a non-Catholic on a Catholic campus




Jungyun Gill
Assistant Professor of Sociology

I can talk about my experience of immigrating to this country. I recently became an US citizen. I can share this experience with a reader as well. Also, for a reader who is interested in adoption, I will be happy to share my studies about stories of Korean birth and foster mothers as well as stories of adoptees from China and South Korea. 

Andrew Leahy
Associate Director of Career Development

Availability: 1:30-2:30pm

I graduated from Stonehill in 2005 and have worked here since then, with the exception of one year.  I came out as gay at 31, a little later in life compared to a lot of my friends.  It was an interesting journey, and a personal one, as it is for every individual who identifies as LGBTQ+.  I am happy to share my story, and also talk about what it is like working at a Catholic institution while LGBTQ+, and a non-Catholic.  I would also be happy to discuss what it’s like to watch the College change and grow as an alum.

Bonnie Troupe
Director of Academic Development

I can discuss the joys and challenges of being a single parent, including the various legal, educational, and governmental obstacles I faced. Being a single mother since the birth of my daughter also gives me a different perspective.



Katie BrennerKatie Brenner
Library Systems Technician
Availability:  2:30pm - 4:00pm

I grew up in a very rural county in Maryland with nearly 17% of the population living at or below the federal poverty level.  I can talk about what it was like having White Privilege in an area with a low socioeconomic rate.  In addition, I am a very pro- "Bully Breed" advocate of pit bulls (and other discriminated breeds) and staunchly against Breed Specific Legislation.


Daniel Osmani

Availability: 1:15 - 2:30pm

Person of Color, Commuter


Nicole Ambrosecchio

Availability: 2:30 - 4:00pm

I can talk about my experience as a white Latinx individual and how white privilege has shaped that experience. I am also a survivor of sexual violence who happens to be LGBT. I fully believe in intersectional feminism, and particularly enjoy discussing the politics surrounding the issue of abortion.


Phyllis Thompson
Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning

Availability: 2:00-3:00pm

Pro-Choice, White Privilege, Equal Pay, Gender-based Violence, Feminism


Lizzie Riley

LGBTQ+, Adoption, White Privilege


Peter Beisheim
Professor of Religious Studies
Available 1:30pm - 4:00pm

Right and Responsibility to Vote in 2016