Understanding Identity, Power, Oppression + Liberation: A Justice + Equity Training
Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 202 AB
Looking to embed equity work in your library? This preconference will engage dialogue and activities to build skills and organizational capacity to address institutionalized racism and oppression. Participants will explore our identities to understand how power and privilege operate interpersonally and institutionally; learn how oppression shows up in our communities and libraries; study historical and contemporary social movements that model equitable and anti-oppressive spaces; and develop action plans to advance equity work in your organization.
The free PLA on-demand webinar, “Understanding Power, Identity, and Oppression in the Public Library,” is an excellent primer to this preconference.
At the end of this session, participants will:
1: Gain increased awareness of how their identities, positions, and privileges inform their work and be situated to address those biases in their individual roles and in their institutions
2: Understand institutionalized racism and oppression, how they come to be established, and how they are perpetuated
3: Identify systems of oppression and articulate approaches to address them in their institutions
The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 1: People with no previous knowledge of the topic.
Tags: Preconference, Advocacy, Equity of Access, Hot Topics, Multicultural Services, Social Change
Amita Lonial, Program Services Manager
San Diego County Library , San Diego , CA
Amita Lonial (she/her/hers) is the Principal Librarian for Learning, Marketing and Engagement at San Diego County Library. Prior to becoming a librarian she spent 8 years in the non-profit sector organizing for racial and economic justice. She is deeply committed to exploring how libraries can create resilient and equitable communities through public programs and services.
Lois Langer Thompson, Director
Hennepin County Library , Minnetonka , MN
Lois Langer Thompson (she/her/hers) is Director of Hennepin County Library. She oversees 41 public libraries, the Hennepin County Law Library, a collection of more than 5 million items, an award-winning website (www.hclib.org), and services to county residents who are homebound, or in senior residences or correctional facilities. Her focus on innovative, sustainable and accessible library service has helped ensure county residents have the opportunity and resources they need to read, graduate, engage, work and learn.
Mia Henry, Executive Director
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College , Kalamazoo , MI
Mia Henry (she/her/hers) is Executive Director of the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College. She has more than 18 years of experience in nonprofit management, social justice facilitation, leadership development, and civic and history education. Mia is also a consultant who leads justice+equity trainings and civil rights tour experiences throughout the Deep South for groups of all ages who wish to deepen their understanding about civil rights and social justice.
Registration for this preconference is now closed, but limited space may be available onsite.