The Antiracist movement garnered renewed vigor with the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, more people began to see a glimpse of what life is like for many Black Americans. This course aims to provide attendees with foundational knowledge about antiracism and increased capacity for examining their work through an antiracism lens. Being antiracist is not about who you are; it’s about what you do. Unpacking what it means to be an antiracist information professional is a personal journey, anchored by critical self-reflection on the impact of racist systems and structures at home, work, and local communities. These systems are pervasive but are often invisible to those who have had the privilege of not experiencing the damaging effects of white supremacy. This four-hour course is a call to action for information professionals who are committed to taking action towards becoming anti-racist.
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At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:
- Define racism, power, privilege, oppression, and white supremacy, implicit bias, and microaggressions.
- Describe why racism continues to exist in libraries.
- Articulate how racist systems in libraries impact BIPOC and other marginalized library workers and library users.
- Cite examples of racist systems in libraries:
- The role of implicit bias and microaggressions
- How it affects hiring and retention practices
- Describe what it means to be Antiracist:
- Describe the difference between being an advocate, ally, or accomplice
- Begin the process of personal and professional self-reflection towards becoming a better advocate, ally, accomplice, and eventually, antiracist.
1 to 2 weeks prior
Pre-work: prior to the session
1:00 to 1:15pm
Welcome, Speaker Introductions, Session Objectives
1:15 to 2:15 pm
Overview of Antiracism
Mindfulness Break with Kelsa B
2:30 to 3:30 pm
Articulate how oppressive systems in libraries impact marginalized library workers and library users
3:30 to 3:45 pm
3:45 to 4:45 pm
What it means to be Ally
4:45 to 5:00 pm
MLA CE Credits: 4