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Wednesday, October 16 • 9:00am - 9:50am
The Spaces Between: critical partnerships between an academic Library and Cultural Center to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion

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Strengthening diversity, equity, and inclusiveness is a core value at Elon University and is seen as important work for all departments across campus. Most college campuses have both a library and a cultural center, but are they making the most of possibilities for collaboration? Panelists from the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education (CREDE) and Belk Library at Elon University will share multiple points of connection and collaboration that support diversity, equity and inclusion work on their campus. A shared commitment to building and fostering relationships, maintaining open communication, and a willingness to take risks to create meaningful change on their campus has resulted in multiple and diverse collaborative efforts. Through this model the Library and CREDE have partnered in numerous ways including genealogy and zine workshops, pop-up exhibits, and a library needs assessment with students of under-represented identities. This work, in addition to other campus initiatives such as Elon’s Committee on History and Memory and participation in Universities Studying Slavery, is providing opportunities for us to better serve our students and enhance our campus climate. This panel will offer lessons learned about communication, opportunities, and strategies to help library staff build successful partnerships with their cultural center colleagues.

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Patrick Rudd

Coordinator of Library Instruction and Outreach Services, Elon University
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Jennifer Smith

Metadata Specialist, Elon University Belk Library
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Libby Coyner

Archivist and Assistant Librarian, Elon University
Archivist, zine librarian, critical archives practitioner. she/her

Brandon Bell

Assistant Director of The Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education, Elon University

Tyrone Jean

Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity, Elon University

Wednesday October 16, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
Salem 3B