Creating Inclusive Libraries Online Event Series in July

The Collaborating Partners* organizations will host Creating Inclusive Libraries: Gender and Sexuality Awareness, an online event series on Tuesday July 7, July 14, and July 21, at noon.(EDT).
Session 1 - Resiliency Rising & Shining Out
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
12:00 - 1:30 pm (EDT)
Presented by Graci Harkema
This session will feature a keynote on inclusive leadership, ally ship, and living as your true self, by Graci Harkema, an experienced diversity and inclusion consultant with Graci LLC. Ms. Harkema specializes in equity and inclusive leadership training within the Fortune 500, small businesses, and non-profit organizations. She is currently writing a book on her story, including her experience as a person of color and as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community in Michigan.
Session 2 – Supporting LGBTQIA+ Patrons & Staff in Libraries
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
12:00 – 1:30 pm (EDT)
Presented by Kelly Boston
This session will go over basic information and terminology in regards to gender identity and sexual orientation, as well as how intersectionality with race, disability, and more shape the identities of library patrons. Best practices for inclusivity for patrons and staff will be shared. We will also cover the concept of self-censorship during collection development, the importance of including materials with characters and information that represent all patrons including LGBTQ+, and will include resources to guide you if they are challenged.
Kelly Boston is a certified school library media specialist in Michigan, and holds an MLIS degree and ND school library endorsement. She is a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and lives with her wife and two cats, Calvin and Hobbes, in Grand Rapids Michigan where she serves on the Grand Rapids Public Library Board of Commissioners. 
Session 3 – Building (More) Inclusive Libraries
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
12:00 – 1:30 pm (EDT)
Presented by Dr. Jessica Garcia
In this session we will discuss the business case for diversity and inclusion as it applies to library staff and members, introduce the concept of implicit bias and how it shows up, and actionable steps to reduce bias in our encounters.
Jessica Garcia, PhD, is the Founder and CEO of Hummingbird Solutions, LLC, a diversity and inclusion consulting firm. In this role, Garcia offers business and community members the tools and resources to create and sustain inclusive environments for their employees, clients, and constituents.  She has consulted with and trained thousands of participants across a wide range of industries in the public and private sectors providing interactive, customized services on topics such as best business practices; implicit bias and microaggressions; bystander intervention; inclusive leadership; recruitment, retention, and advancement; and inclusive teaching.
In addition to her work with Hummingbird Solutions, LLC, Garcia serves as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Manager for the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Garcia held a joint position in the Department of Sociology and the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives at Michigan State University. She earned her bachelor’s degree and doctorate from Michigan State University in Sociology.
The cost to attend the series is $25. For more information and to register, go to:
*Collaborating Partners are:
Library of Michigan
Michigan Academic Library Association (MiALA)
Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME)
Michigan Cooperative Directors Association
Michigan Library Association (MLA)
Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS)
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services