Beyond diversity speak: Practicing cultural humility in your library

  • October 25, 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM


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Beyond diversity-speak: Practicing cultural humility in your library

Friday, October 25

Cedar Crest College


9:00-9:30 Registration

9:30-9:45 Welcome

9:45-10:15 Developing Allies:

Building Toward Social Justice Practice in our Libraries

Presented by Maisha Carey & Dr. Adam Foley

from the University of Delaware

10:15-10:30 Community Reading Group: An Exploration in Cultural Humility 

Presented by Molly Wolf from Widener University

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:00 Special Collections Panel

Elephant Bites: Scoping out a Special Collection Through the DEI Lens

Presented by Gary Galván from The Free Library of Philadelphia

Minding the Gaps: Using the silences in College and LGBT Community Archival Collections

Presented by Susan Falciani Maldonado & Kristen Leipert from Muhlenberg College

Cripples, Prostitutes, and Quacks: Practicing Cultural Humility in Historical Collections

Presented by Caitlin Angelone from The College of Physicians Historical Medical Library

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-1:15 Chapter Meeting

1:15 - 3:15 Spect-Actor Workshop: Moving Practice into Action 

Presented by Theatre of the Oppressed NYC

3:15 - 3:30 Wrap-up 

This year’s program will be focused on incorporating cultural humility into equity, diversity, and inclusion professional development in academic libraries.  Sara Ahmed (2012) describes diversity initiatives as frequently being “happy talk” that institutions write into their strategic plans and mission statements to manage their image but then do not integrate into everyday practice. While some libraries make a concerted effort to provide diversity or cultural competency training opportunities, often the attention is superficial and/or uninformed. Nicole Cooke (2016) stresses the importance of cultural humility in serving diverse populations.

Cultural humility is a cousin to cultural competency, but while cultural competency means learning about other cultures, cultural humility means continuously working to uncover how we and the institutions in which we engage are complicit in underserving some and overserving others and making ourselves accountable for rectifying the disparity. To do this, librarians and libraries need tools to help them reflect on themselves and their institutions, facilitate difficult discussions, and imagine new possibilities.

During the first half of the program presenters from across the valley will speak to their successes and failures in their attempts to integrate cultural humility into special collections, programming, and community collaborations.  Due to extenuating circumstances, Lorin Jackson will no longer be able to run the afternoon workshop. We are disappointed that she won’t be able to share her expertise, but hopefully, we will be able to work with her in the future. 

Luckily we were able to book Theatre of the Oppressed in NYC (TONYC) to run the workshop in her place.  From the TONYC website: “Theatre of the Oppressed NYC (TONYC) bases its work on a methodology created in the 1970s by the legendary Brazilian theatre director and activist Augusto Boal, who was himself inspired by Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed. As a form of activism and artistic practice, Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed is now used in over 70 countries around the world.” The workshop promises to be fun, enlightening, and practical and we are very excited to be able to offer it. 

The event will take place in the Tompkins College Center at Cedar Crest College, building number 28 in the map in the link. Attendees must park in LOT C. Please contact Stefani Gomez at if you need to make alternative arrangements. 

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