Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion Skills
This certificate program focuses specifically on skills and concepts related to diversity and inclusion in libraries. The program includes a course introducing a critical race theory approach to understanding structural racism in libraries, as well as courses that focus on strategies to create a more inclusive workplace and library. Some diversity-related programming has been critiqued as focusing too much on demographic representation without addressing underlying structural issues, which can lead to recruiting members of underrepresented minority groups into what may feel like a hostile environment. The courses in this program instead focus on fostering an inclusive environment, in which library employees and patrons can feel safe being their authentic selves, by building cultural competence and addressing structural barriers to inclusion.
Courses in this series (each course title is a clickable link leading to more information):
|Examining Institutional Racism in Libraries (Class full)||Angela Pashia and CJ Ivory||1.5 CEUs||$175|
|Recruiting and Retaining Librarians from Underrepresented Minoritized Groups||Angela Pashia and Tarida Anantachai||1.5 CEUs||$175|
|Allyship, Anti-Opression Practices, and Building Inclusive Libraries||CJ Ivory||1.5 CEUs||$175|
|Cultural Competence for Librarians||Shaundra Walker||1.5 CEUs||$175|
Angela Pashia is an Associate Professor / Librarian at the University of West Georgia. Angela has a Masters in Information Science & Learning Technologies, with an emphasis in library science, from the University of Missouri, and a Masters in Anthropology from the University of Virginia. Angela is currently focusing on practicing critical pedagogies and incorporating social justice issues into the credit bearing information literacy course offered at UWG. Angela is co-editor (with Jessica Critten) of the book Critical Approaches to Credit-bearing Information Literacy Courses, available in Fall 2018 from ACRL Press. Website, Interview with Angela Pashia
CJ Ivory is Assistant Professor and Instruction Librarian at the University of West Georgia where she teaches a credit-bearing course on Information Literacy & Research. In this semester-long course she connects social justices issues to information literacy concepts. Prior to this position, CJ served as Business Librarian at the University of Central Florida and Reference Librarian at Valencia College. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Central Florida and Master of Library & Information Science from Florida State University. Her research interests include open pedagogy, critical information literacy, and social justice education.
Shaundra Walker is the Associate Director for Instruction and Research Services at Georgia College. She holds a B.A. in History from Spelman College, a Masters in Library and Information Studies from Clark Atlanta University and Ph.D. in educational leadership with a concentration in higher education administration from Mercer University. Shaundra has over 15 years of experience working in libraries and higher education. Her work and research in libraries and education is deeply influenced by her experience attending and working in minority serving institutions. Her research interests include the recruitment and retention of diverse librarians and organizational development within the library. Interview with Shaundra Walker