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Academic Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI) and
Social Justice
Webinar Series


Diversity for Representation

Tuesday, November 29, at 12 PM PST/ 3 PM EST

Zoom Link: https://sjsu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SbTHAxlYQQiaqCXis4-V4Q

Presenter: Aisha Johnson, PhD, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Outreach, Georgia Tech Library

Dr. Aisha Johnson will discuss her path to librarianship, archives, and discovery of the Julius Rosenwald Library Fund. Her title, The African American Struggle for Library Equality: The Untold Story of the Julius Rosenwald Fund Library Program, unveils the almost forgotten philanthropic efforts of Julius Rosenwald, former president of Sears, Roebuck, Co., and an elite businessman. Rosenwald simply desired to improve, “the well-being of mankind” through access to education. The talk will extend into a discussion on the need for diversity for adequate representation in libraries and archives to provide service to all people. A talk on the impact of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Aisha JohnsonBio: Dr. Aisha Johnson (she/her), Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Outreach at Georgia Institute of Technology Library, is a revelator of Southern library history. Formerly an Assistant Professor/MLS Program Director for the School of Library and Information Sciences at North Carolina Central University, she is committed to archival research, the production of minority librarians and archivists for cultural preservation, and redefining the scholar.

Johnson stands on a soapbox for unveiling the history of underrepresented communities. She has focused much of her research on the development of literacy in the African American community and philanthropic efforts to develop public libraries in the South. Her advocacy for librarianship and archives is not only conveyed in her research, but also her professional career.

When nobody looks like me: Navigating identity and culture in a corporate journey

Thursday, September 29, at 10 AM PST

Zoom Link: https://sjsu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lCn-77c7Q7avE1mDIpVnRw 

Presenter: Maria Medrano, Sr. Director Diversity Partnerships and External Engagement

One thing everyone knows is how it feels to not belong. At a time when many of us want to be seen, connected, and supported, othering can make us feel the exact opposite. Sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and even one’s own beliefs can be targets for othering, which can hold us back. Systemic injustices and racism also play a role.

For young leaders from underrepresented communities, what are the lessons that can help them navigate career challenges? How did those lessons influence my own career decisions? And how can academia and corporate America work together to lower the barriers for ambitious but underrepresented communities?

Through this discussion, I will share one Latina’s journey, along with lessons learned along the way, including:

  • Remember who you are.
  • Make your needs known.
  • Create new connections that matter.
  • ‘Ring the bell” for others.
  • Invest in you. 

Maria MedranoBio: Maria Medrano, Sr. Director Diversity Partnerships and External Engagement, is responsible for a global diversity partnership strategy that is inclusive of policy and external partners with equitable outcomes that extend a sense of belonging. With more than 20 years of experience, Maria is a balanced blend of strategist and community advocate—holding roles in Inclusion, Community, HR, Finance, Operations
and Strategic Sales. In her previous role as Visa’s Chief Diversity Officer, Maria was responsible for establishing the Inclusion, Diversity vision and mission and for supporting the company’s promise of universal acceptance for everyone, everywhere. Maria is a first-generation American of Mexican descent and the first in her family to earn a college degree. Through her work, Maria has earned several important accolades, including Top 100 under 40 Diversity MBA, Silicon Valley 40 under 40, and YWCA Tribute to Women Emerging Leader Award. She continues to advise and serve on multiple non-profit boards dedicated to improving the education of students in disadvantaged communities.

Engaging Our Communities Through EDI Work: Our Perspectives

Wednesday, November 17 at 9 AM PDT

Zoom Link: https://sjsu.zoom.us/j/82868881853 

Presenters: Ray Pun & Patrice Green

This session will share how two librarians engage their communities through the values of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). As the field of librarianship continues to evolve, library workers have become more cognizant of what it means to share authority and knowledge inside and outside of their silos while working toward a more inclusive set of values. Recognizing librarianship as more than internal, transactional exchanges with limited audiences is essential to engaging in more reparative and meaningful work with community partners. From special collections to programming, both speakers will address the opportunities and challenges in integrating EDI into their respective activities.

Ray PunBio: Ray Pun is the Education/Outreach Manager at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives, Stanford University. He holds a Doctorate in Education, a Master of Library Science, and a Master of Arts in East Asian Studies. His research interests focus on the impact of digital exclusion and library advocacy work on communities of color. Ray serves as a CIRI International Advisory Board Member for SJSU School of Information. Most recently, he was a merit reviewer for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)'s broadband connectivity programs to award over $1.5 billion dollars to enhance national broadband goals and efforts.  

Patrice R. GreenBio: Patrice R. Green is the inaugural Curator for African American Collections at Penn State University. She holds master's degrees in Public History and Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina, where she focused her studies in museums and material culture, archives and preservation management, historic preservation, and 20th century US history. Her current research interests include information literacy, information privilege, and Black feminist theory. Green has served as an Emerging Leader with the American Library Association and currently co-chairs the National Council on Public History's Professional Development Committee. 

Humble Leadership as a Humble Practice

Tuesday, November 9 at 10 AM PDT

Zoom Link: https://sjsu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cOHKLvH9TWuJoTxbbbcpYA 

Presenter: Xan Goodman, Health Sciences Librarian, Associate Professor, University Libraries, University of Nevada Las Vegas

This 60-minute webinar will introduce the concept of humble leadership. Humble leadership is a leadership style developed by Dr. Edgar Schien, MIT Emeritus Professor of organizational psychology. This webinar will introduce the idea of humble leadership as a pathway to engage in leadership as a librarian. I will share my thoughts about humble leadership using a framework of cultural humility to situate humble leadership as a humble practice within a developing framework of cultural humility for librarianship.

Xan GoodmanBio: Xan Goodman is Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she supports three schools in the Division of Health Sciences, the School of Integrated Health Sciences, School of Public Health, and School of Nursing. Xan is a co-editor of two ACRL publications, Disciplinary Faculty-Librarian Collaborations: Integrating the Information Literacy Framework into Disciplinary Courses (2021) and Applications of Information Literacy Threshold Concepts (2017). She is also an American Library Association Spectrum Scholar and a trained Racial Healing Circle Facilitator.

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