Collaborating Partners 2020

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  •  July 7, 2020 - July 21, 2020
     9:00 am - 4:30 pm

The Michigan Collaborating Partners:

Michigan Cooperative Directors Association, Library of Michigan,
Midwest Collaborative for Library Services, Michigan Library Association,
Michigan Association of Media in Education, and Michigan Academic Libraries Association

invite you to attend


COST: $25 for all three sessions


Session 1: July 7th from 12:00pm – 1:30pm: Resiliency Rising & Shining Out with Graci Harkema
July 7’s 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: July 14th from 12:00pm – 1:30pm: Supporting LGBTQIA+ Patrons & Staff in Libraries with Kelly Boston
July 14’s session will feature a presentation by Kelly Boston on basic information and terminology in regard to gender identity and sexual orientation, how intersectionality with race, disability and more shape the identities of library patrons, and some best practices to make libraries more inclusive spaces. Ms. Boston is certified school media library specialist Michigan and a member of the LGBTQIA+ community.


Session 3: July 21st from 12:00pm – 1:30pm: Building (More) Inclusive Libraries with Dr. Jessica Garcia
July 21’s session will feature a presentation by Dr. Jessica Garcia building more inclusive libraries, including the concept of implicit bias and how it manifests, and actionable steps to reduce bias in our encounters. Dr. Garcia is the founder and CEO of Hummingbird Solutions, LLC, a diversity and inclusion firm. She has consulted with and trained thousands of participants from the public and private sectors on topics such as best business practices, implicit bias, and microaggressions. She also serves as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager for the College of Literature, Science and the Arts at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

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