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Wednesday, October 16 • 9:00am - 9:50am
Diversity Delineated, Inclusion Integrated

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The Diversity and Inclusion Committee helps library employees address diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) issues in academic libraries, from workforce diversity to employee inclusivity. Following an anonymous climate survey identifying some feelings of marginalization and exclusion, the committee launched initiatives to increase conversations around DEI. From conversations on cultural difference, to a book discussion, to lunchtime “TV and Talk” sessions, such opportunities create spaces for dialogue and sharing. By providing rules of engagement at the beginning of sessions to create a safe space for open dialogue, difficult and honest conversations are fostered more readily. Recognizing that DEI work must build bridges to accept and appreciate differences in uplifting ways, the committee sponsors biannual potlucks with themes of inclusivity to highlight aspects of our library’s diversity, and provide spaces to gather for fellowship. To help address the lack of diversity in academic librarianship, the committee launched a summer Diversity Fellowship program in 2018 for current or recently graduated MLIS students. In all of these initiatives, we mark successes, but also stumbles and difficult lessons learned. During our presentation, we will discuss the process of creating a DEI program, share our successes and setbacks, and facilitate conversation about opportunities for other institutions.

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Christian Burris

Serials Acquisitions Coordinator, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University
Christian J. Burris, MLISSerials Acquisitions CoordinatorZ. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University

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Molly Keener

Director of Digital Initiatives & ScholComm, Wake Forest University
Molly Keener is Director of Digital Initiatives & Scholarly Communication at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University. Her department supports broad engagement among faculty and students in digital scholarship. Keener consults on copyright and author rights management... Read More →
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Monesha Staton-Fluker

Resources Services Associate, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University

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