Diversity Summit

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Come Meet, Greet, and Hear RICHARD BLANCO, Fifth Inaugural Poet of the United States and author of The Prince of los Cocuyos

Coffee and Book Signing 12:30 – 1:00 p.m

The Diversity Summit: Integrating Diversity at Personal, Organizational, and Professional Levels

  • When: Tuesday, April 14 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
  • Where: TLA Annual Conference at the Hilton Governor's Ballroom Salon D, 4th Floor, 500 East 4th Street, Austin, Texas
  • Cost: Free of charge – Register at http://www.txla.org/annual-conference (If you have already registered for Annual conference, you can still modify your registration to include the Diversity Summit. It is FREE, but do please register)

Join Richard Blanco, 2013 inaugural poet of the United States and the featured speaker at the second annual Diversity Summit at #TXLADIVERSITY at #TXLA15 a friendly forum focused on concepts and skills focusing on better understanding of our cultural differences. In his own words, Blanco, author of The Prince of los Cocuyos, was born in Cuba, assembled in Spain, and imported to the USA. Come to the Meet and Greet Coffee and Book Signing from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. and stay with us as Blanco invites TLA members and friends to “reconnect to the heart of the human experience and all of its beautiful diversity” at the 2015 Diversity Summit beginning at 1:00 p.m.

The 2015 Diversity Summit will examine the imperative of cultural competency. The session will provide a friendly forum to focus on concepts and skills for better understanding cultural differences, biases, prejudices, strengths, and the search for role models. The Summit will explore topics such as cultural intelligence, changing perceptions through diversity, microaggression in the workplace, and more! 

Speakers are:

  • Richard Blanco, 2013 inaugural poet of the United States, the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and openly gay writer to hold the honor. He is the author of such prize-winning books as The Prince of los Cocuyos, City of a Hundred Fires, Directions to the Beach of the Dead, and For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet's Journey
  • Michelle A. Lucero Villagran, Independent Consultant; Adjunct Professor, University of North Texas College of Information and Local Coordinator for the UNT/DLIS California Cohorts; and Adjunct Professor, Woodbury University College of Transdisciplinarity.  She has more than 20 years of experience working in the public and private sectors and is a certified level 1 & 2 Cultural Intelligence facilitator through the Cultural Intelligence Center (CQC). She earned her undergraduate degree in from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and her MLS and MBA from the University of North Texas. At Pepperdine University, she completed a Certificate in Dispute Resolution, her Masters of Dispute Resolution and is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership with her dissertation focusing on cultural intelligence in law firm libraries.
  • Annie Pho, Undergraduate Experience Librarian, University of Illinois at Chicago Research Services and Resources. She was a 2014 ALA Emerging Leader, and participated in the 2014 cohort of the Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians. She earned her Bachelor's in Art History from San Francisco State University and graduated from Indiana University - Indianapolis with her Master's in Library Science. Her research interests include diversity and stereotypes in librarianship, and critical pedagogy in information literacy instruction.  She is the author of The Revolution Will Not Be Stereotyped: Changing Perceptions through Diversity with Turner Masland in The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Presentations and Perceptions of Information Work
  • Jaena Alabi, English & Psychology Librarian, Reference Services at Auburn University Libraries - Ralph Brown Draughon Library. She earned her Master’s in English and Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Alabama. Her research focuses on diversity in the profession, specifically the role of racial microaggression in the recruitment, retention, and promotion of academic librarians of color.
  • Pambanisha Whaley, Head of Document Delivery, Auburn University, is a 2003 graduate of the University of North Texas College of Information – Department of Library and Information Sciences. She is currently the Head of Document Delivery at Auburn University Libraries, where she has worked for the past 11 years. She conducts research and has presented on the topic of microaggression and psychological contracts of minority employees at several regional and national conferences including ACRL Conference and the 7th National Conference of African American Librarians.
  • Deborah Lilton, Librarian for English, Theatre, and African-American & Diaspora Studies, Jean and Alexander Heard Library, Vanderbilt University. In addition to a Masters in Library & Information Studies, she has a Masters in English. She conducts and has presented on the topic of psychological contracts of minority employees at several regional and national conferences including ACR Conference, Diversity in Libraries Conference, and the 7th National Conference of African American Librarians.

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Created on Mar 26, 2015 | Last updated March 26, 2015