About The Diversity Initiative

Responding to an increase in the number of suspected racially motivated attacks in Ukraine beginning in December 2006, International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Amnesty International (AI) and other concerned civil society organizations formed the Diversity Initiative network in April 2007 to begin addressing the issue in a coordinated way.

DI Living Library

A Living Library is an interactive event that puts a human face on the idea of multiculturalism through starting conversations between people from different backgrounds. It gets its name from the fact that it uses library terminology to describe participants, organizers and event processes.

The Diversity Initiative model of the Living Library (hereafter referred to as DI-LL) was adapted by the IOM Mission in Ukraine in 2007 from the Living Library concept developed by the Danish civil society organization «Stop the Violence» in the year 2000.

The DI-LL is a model whereby the «books» of the library are individuals from different social or ethnic backgrounds and the «readers» of the Books are high school or university students.