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ALAO 2018 Diversity Workshop: Actively Inclusive! Libraries Speak Up

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Columbus, OH


This session introduced principles of intergroup dialogue (IGD), a social justice education framework that focuses on facilitated dialogue and understanding of social identity to advance equity, justice, and peace. This session focused on a case study of how IGD can be incorporated into library professional development. Attendees also engaged in some of the hands-on exercises typically used in IGD training.

In June 2017, the University of Dayton (UD) Libraries collaborated with staff from UD's Center for International Programs, Housing and Residence Life office, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs to develop and facilitate a workshop for library employees to increase their skills and understanding around social identity, power, privilege, and dialogue. Attendees examined their own social identities in addition to the complex identities, backgrounds, and experiences that library users contribute to the university community. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants were encouraged and challenged to incorporate IGD principles into their daily work in order to actualize the university president’s vision of a “University for the Common Good,” which highlights diversity, equity, and inclusion as priorities for the university.


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