Building on the charge of the Social Justice Team "to assist and advise the Library in promoting the inclusion of intersectional social justice theories and practice in our daily work, culture, and organizational values, through the design and implementation of a Library staff development program" and support commitments expressed in the Campus Library's Statement of Solidarity, the Social Justice Team and Community Reads are partnering on a series of anti-racist staff readings and discussions.
This page is a selection of community and national resources, as well as reflection questions, to further your professional development and to refer students and colleagues to.
This page is a work in process; additional topics, resources, and discussion prompts will be added.
Watch: What Does It Mean to Defund or Abolish the Police? - from The Daily Social Distancing Show
Read: What a World Without Cops Would Look Like - from Mother Jones
Read: Pedagogy as Protest: Reimagining the Center - from Hybrid Pedagogy
Read and Watch: Being an Anti-Racist Educator is a Verb - from National Council of Teachers of English
Read: Is Your University Racist? - from Inside Higher Ed
Read: Working from Home While Black - from Harvard Business Review
Read: Are Your Zoom Meetings on Middle Class Standard Time - from Medium
Listen: Dismantling Racism in Higher Education - from Heinemann Podcast
Watch: Why Hugging Out Racism In Education Just Won't Cut It - Ted Talk by Laura Mae Lindo
Read: Confessions of a Former Bastard Cop - from Medium
Read: Police punish the ‘good apples’ – from The Atlantic
Read: What is Trauma-Informed Care? - from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work
Watch: Beyond the cliff - Ted Talk by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky
Watch: Rethinking how we hold space for grief and loss - Ted Talk by Michele Pearson Clarke
Watch: Being informed to trauma - Ted Talk by Jeff Wallace
BE Be present. Be open to new forms of knowledge.
SPEAK Speak from your own experiences. Don’t speak for others even if you share the same identity.
LISTEN Listen respectfully and intently to other perspectives. Let people finish sentences before responding.
RESPOND Respond to what has been said, not the person saying it.
DIALOGUE Hold space for dialogue instead of debate. It’s not about winning an argument.
COMMUNICATE Challenge yourself to communicate in new ways.
EXPECTATIONS Expect and accept discomfort and non-closure. Allow feelings to emerge in yourself and others without trying to “fix” them.
CONFIDENTIALITY Respect confidentiality. Personal information/comments should not be shared outside the space.
PROCESS Grant yourself and others permission to express ideas and thoughts imperfectly.