Inclusive Outreach Matters
- In this keynote, Felicia Smith will share examples of outreach efforts she conducted for libraries, that included the Office of Accessibility, First-Generation and/or Low-Income (FLI) students, incarcerated juveniles, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and underrepresented minority students. Inclusive outreach and engagement with diverse communities is important and can easily be incorporated into everyday librarianship with just a little imagination and a minimal amount of effort. It is helpful to start by conducting an environmental scan of campus and identifying opportunities for outreach. It is vital to compose a measurable set of objectives, and clearly articulate what will be achieved, including a way to assess outcomes. It is also important to understand the differences between inclusion and diversity, which are misused interchangeably. Felicia Smith’s mission as the only Racial Justice & Social Equity Librarian is to highlight communities that have been systematically devalued resulting in underrepresentation in scholarly settings and publications. This is problematic because important communities are being “disappeared” from the historical narrative, leading to a distorted interpretation of the past that then leads to dangerous implications for the present. Simply put, lack of inclusion matters. The goal of this keynote is to encourage attendees to amplify notable voices that have been intentionally silenced – so that those voices can be heard; and to make the excluded or unseen – seen.
|Type of resource
|March 16, 2023; October 7, 2022
|Diversity in the workplace
|Library outreach programs
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