On Wednesday, students gathered for small group discussions led by faculty and staff as part of the "Learn to Love" reading program.
On Wednesday, students gathered for small group discussions led by faculty and staff as part of the "Learn to Love" reading program. This past summer, students were given the choice of 15 books or the option to select their own to read and reflect upon. This year's titles were centered around the theme of Empathetic Justice.
Students engaged in open and meaningful conversations surrounding topics of justice and empathy evident in the books they read. Groups were encouraged to explore themes found in the books and how they relate to the real world.
Miriam Saab ‘22 read American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. Her group reflected on prejudices and stereotypes present in their daily lives due to racial, ethnic, sexual, and religious identities. Additionally, they addressed consequences that can result from one's own words and actions. She shared, “Even if someone has pure intentions, their words and actions can still come across as offensive. Sometimes it's helpful to get out of your head and think about how others will perceive your words and actions.”
These discussions are a wonderful opportunity for the SJA community to learn more about each other, build relationships. And have meaningful and ongoing conversations.