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Exploring Borders and Belonging in Young Adult Literature

In this webinar, Malaka Gharib and Randy Ribay discussed the complexity of belonging, and the tangible and intangible borders that can shape it.



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English & Language Arts
Culture & Identity

We know that there are many factors that shape a young person's sense of identity and belonging. Dynamics of power, privilege, group membership, and history can all play a part. So, how can literature help them develop their unique voice and find where they "fit in" in the world? And how does reading inspire them to understand and appreciate difference? Presenters Malaka Gharib and Randy Ribay explored these questions. 

We discussed:

  • How young adult readers encounter concepts of identity and belonging in the stories they read and hear;
  • The power books have to both uphold and break down cultural and social boundaries;
  • What educators can do to foster students' sense of self and agency through reading;
  • And, ways we can all seek out more inclusive stories that honor the complexity of identity, culture, history, and tradition.


Malaka Gharib

Journalist, Cartoonist, Graphic Novelist

Photograph of Malaka Gharib.

Randy Ribay


Photograph of Randy Ribay.

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