Inclusion and Belonging: More Than Just Words

Is your library committed to creating more equitable and inclusive systems for your patrons, staff and community? Would you like to learn and build from a successful library racial equity learning initiative? Multnomah County Library (OR) has created a toolkit towards racial equity. The toolkit contains workbooks designed to support and assist library staff in gaining cultural awareness and sensitivity. 

California Libraries Learn (CALL) is offering a learning event where teams of library staff can work through these materials together. There is no cost to participate in this CALL course, but space is limited and enrollment is by team application only. Teams will consist of two to four individuals who work in the same public library. Participants will be given access to the workbooks and will attend online training led by Sonja Ervin, Multnomah County Library‚Äôs Equity and Inclusion Manager, to become familiar with the content and activities. As a key part of the course, participants will make personal plans to apply learning and to implement training in their libraries.

This three-week course includes three 90-minute interactive online sessions along with supplemental resources and activities. Live sessions are an integral part of the course and members of the selected teams should attend all three synchronous sessions (Thursdays, Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11, from 1-2:30 p.m.)

Session One focuses on Workbook One, “Building the Foundation,” which  includes:

  • Understanding the historical barriers for people of color and how they continue to impact
  • Identifying and building awareness of self and group identity
  • Building cultural humility

Session Two focuses on Workbook Two,”Moving Forward,” which includes:

  • Understanding implicit bias and how it impacts our perceptions and decisions
  • Developing awareness of cultural differences and own cultural norms

Session Three focuses on Workbook Three,” A Deeper Dive,” which includes:

  • Understanding the effects of systems of oppression
  • Gaining skills in cross cultural communication
  • Learning strategies for calling people in, and for moving forward after committing a microaggression
  • Learning how to be an effective bystander

Apply now for this unique opportunity.