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Talking About Race and Racism in LIS

by Katie Seitz

Often conversations around race and racism in the LIS fields stay at the level of multiculturalism and tolerance, two concepts that don’t address deeper questions of justice and equity. Also, those same conversations rarely take into account racism within the profession. I started the Simmons Anti-Racism Working Group with the intention of creating a space where the GSLIS community could come together to learn from each other and deepen the conversation around race. Racism is often hard to talk about. By supporting each other in this work, we strengthen ourselves and our community, both personally and professionally, and we bring more to the table than just good intentions.

Our first community event, “Why Talk about Race and Racism in LIS?”, will be on Nov. 4th, 12-1pm in P207 and will feature GSLIS professor Lisa Hussey discussing her journey as a white librarian confronting race, white privilege, and racism as an academic subject and in the field. After the Q&A, we’ll have a chance to talk further about racism in LIS.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Working Group, feel free to email me at katharine.seitz@simmons.edu.

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