I'm happy to announce I will be presenting on a panel titled "Diversity and Anti-Oppression Training: From Awareness to Action" at the upcoming National Diversity in Libraries conference at UCLA on August 12, 2016 at 9am, alongside Lori Mestre. My portion of the presentation will cover the Anti-Oppression Workshop Series I conceived of in the fall of 2015 and was able to actualize in the spring of 2016 through institutional support from the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Here is more information about the project and what I will be covering at the National Diversity in Libraries conference:
"The Anti-Oppression Workshop Series report chronicles the goals, processes and challenges, design and implementation, and evaluation results of the series. The origin of the concept of diversity, as well as policies like Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) legislation, are discussed in the report as setting the stage for more emphasis being placed on valuing difference and less emphasis on resisting oppression in efforts to achieve racial parity (or justice). Caragher makes a call for using anti-oppressive and anti-racist language and policies in order to address the systems of oppression that have contributed to hostile environments for People of Color within the field of library and information science. Finally, Caragher reflects on lessons learned and offers next steps for libraries interested in integrating anti-oppressive workshops and practices into their respective institutions."
I cannot wait to talk with other librarians who are dedicated to anti-oppressive and anti-racist practices within the field of librarianship! Feel free to reach out and I would love to see you at the session!
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!