Allyship, Anti-Oppression Practices, and Building Inclusive Libraries
Monday, February 7
This course is now full.
Monday, February 7 – Sunday, March 6, 2022
Witnessing acts of oppression can be a jarring experience. Bystanders are often horrified by the behavior, but become paralyzed with shock or aren’t sure how to intervene without causing more harm. The inability to respond in these incidents can be combated by equipping yourself with the tools and skills to be an effective ally. Allies can have a significant impact on making libraries the equitable and inclusive spaces we aspire for them to be. This Allyship course will educate you on how to support members of marginalized groups with everyday actions in a range of scenarios and offer guidance on working to dismantle systemic oppression. We know that the library profession is overwhelmingly white. Recruiting and retaining diverse voices is a step in the right direction, but it is important that libraries do not place the brunt of the diversity and inclusion work on the shoulders of these underrepresented voices. Even members of marginalized communities may not have the skills needed to react in the moment or don’t feel empowered to fightback against oppression. This course can be taken as one of four courses needed to earn our Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion Skills, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.
CALL SPONSORED: In order to gain the most impact from learning events sponsored by the CALL grant, we ask that all participants engage fully (attend, participate, discuss and share). If you are unable or not willing to agree to this, please be kind and leave a seat or place for someone else.