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Brave Voices, Brave Choices
Wednesday, July 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Register above for this one-hour webinar.
Brave Voices, Brave Choices (BVBC) is a public promise to learn, grow, and act on our collective commitment to move past anti-racism statements, engage residents and local systems, advance equity, and create the reality we want for all people. While Howard County in Maryland is acclaimed for its diversity, its Black residents increasingly have the worst outcomes across most self-sufficiency indicators, such as unemployment, poverty, and evictions. In this webinar, participants will learn how the Howard County Library System provided the data-informed foundation needed to lead and drive change through their BVBC initiative.
BVBC features parallel tracks of internal and external racial equity work that includes leadership development, racial equity training, thought design led by subject matter experts, a racial equity alliance, story collection, and events for taking action on local equity issues. Since launching BVBC, more than 500 people have completed racial equity training, and residents have submitted more than 600 stories of racism and discrimination. Participants include elected and appointed leaders, library staff, community members, and leadership affiliated with the county’s major systems and organizations. Demand continues to exceed capacity with more than ninety-eight percent of participants noting new knowledge for informed action.
At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Engage all staff in beginning racial equity work;
- Develop internal racial equity work models appropriate to libraries of any size; and
- Build relationships with and engage community organizations and associations around racial equity work.
Who Should Attend
This webinar is intended for public library directors and administrators, community engagement staff, communications staff, and programming staff, who want to increase their understanding of the topic.
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 for someone else.