Upcoming Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Events



Interested in fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion in your library? Here are some upcoming events you might want to participate in.

July 1: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Twitter Chat
PLA’s Task Force on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice (EDISJ) will hold their first live Twitter chat on Wednesday, July 1 from 11 a.m. to noon MDT. The discussion will focus on EDISJ in the library workforce, and will aim to help library staff understand the interplay of EDISJ principles in workforce development and re-examine systems and policies to expose issues of inequity and injustice. To participate, follow PLA on Twitter (@ALA_PLA) and log in at 11 a.m. MDT on July 1. To join the conversation, tweet using the hashtags #chatPLA and #libraryworkers. Learn more about PLA’s EDISJ work.

July 8-10: Advancing Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace Symposium
Denver Public Library invites library staff to their virtual three-day “Advancing Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace Symposium” taking place July 8-10 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. MDT each day. The symposium will be a chance to leverage professional networks across a multitude of fields to dive deeper into particular issues that contribute to success in promoting racial equity & inclusion in the workplace. The symposium is free and open to the public; the intended audience is those who have been already centering equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in the professional work that they do and are wanting to learn from others who are equally committed and engaged in the work.The themes for each day are :

  • July 8: Planning and Preparing for Equity Work
  • July 9: Sustaining Equity Efforts and Supporting Staff of Color
  • July 10: Assessment and Accountability

July 17: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity Virtual Conference
The Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) is hosting a virtual conference on July 17: Power and Privilege at Play: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity in the Library. Kawanna Bright, Assistant Professor of Library Science at East Carolina University, is the keynote speaker, kicking off the conference with her presentation, “Power, Privilege, and the Importance of Intentionality in Libraries.” Learn more about Kawanna and view the schedule. Regular registration is $55. Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA) members may register for $45, CAL members for $35, and students for $25.

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