[Libs-Or] Fwd: [Acrl-nw] ACRL WA CFP: Whiteness and Racism in Academic Libraries

Meredith Farkas meredith.farkas at pcc.edu
Mon Jul 15 15:59:19 PDT 2019

Call for Proposals
ACRL WA-OR Joint Fall Conference
October 24-25, 2019
Pack Forest Conference Center, Eatonville, WA

Deadline for Submissions: August 9, 2019

*Whiteness and Racism in Academic Libraries: Dismantling Structures of

The Fall 2019 conference takes place amongst intensified organizing of
white nationalists on college campuses, continued brutality against black
and brown communities, policies that restrict immigration and border
movement, and policing of body rights. In libraries we are making strategic
claims towards equity, diversity and inclusion, yet our profession remains
centered on cultures of white supremacy.

This conference is an effort to openly acknowledge the ways that whiteness
and racism are supported in our libraries, and strategies for practicing
anti-racism across the breadth of our work. The goal is to explicitly name
the racist hegemony that underpins libraries and library work.
Intersectional anti-racist practices must be central to our work in order
to resist causing further harm. Investigations into how racism operates in
tandem with white supremacy are essential to our work of making libraries
sites of equity and social justice. This conference calls on each of us to
take active engagement in understanding and learning about racism in
libraries, making ourselves and our library systems those that resist

We invite proposals to join and extend these conversations. Sessions will
consist of presentations, facilitated conversations, or trainings and
workshops. While theory and praxis are central to this work, we seek
sessions that help library workers to examine and name racialized power
dynamics, and to practice building anti-oppressive communities and
services. We recognize that anti-racism work is not perfect, and we expect
proposals may include lessons learned for approaches that did not go as
planned. Proposals that highlight these lessons learned should keep the
focus on the ongoing work of dismantling racism and those most impacted by

Example topics for presentations and workshops may include, but are not
limited to:

   - Addressing white fragility and its impacts in libraries
   - Policy audits and changes
   - Resisting white nationalist organizing
   - Leadership, recruitment and hiring practices that support library
   workers of color
   - Support, retention and graduation of students of color
   - Experiences of library workers and students of color
   - Activism and programming that centers students of color
   - Addressing and resisting cultures of white supremacy
   - Affinity and caucus organizing in libraries
   - Bystander intervention training
   - Lessons learned from interventions, policy changes, programming, etc.

*How to Submit*
Submit your proposals using our online form by *August 9, 2019*.

If you are just beginning to engage with racism and whiteness and need a
starting point, we recommend beginning with Tema Okun’s
supremacy culture
Brown, Jennifer Ferretti, Sofia Leung, and Marisa Mendez-Brady’s 2018
article *We Here: Speaking Our Truth
*Robin DiAngelo’s book *White Fragility: Why It’s Hard for White People To
Talk About Racism;* and Lorin Jackson and LaQuanda Onyemeh’s web-based
forum WOC+Lib

For questions or comments contact president at acrlwa.org

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