Braving the Conversation: Facilitating Discussions on Diversity & Inclusion

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Utah Library Association Fall Workshop

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We all want to build inclusive spaces and experiences for our libraries and our users, but how do we begin? Being intentional about leading vulnerable discussions with our colleagues presents us with unique opportunities to share our experiences and learn about equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). However, these conversations can often be emotional minefields. How do we work past the discomfort and get to solutions that will improve our workplace and our libraries? This interactive workshop will lead participants in a conversation of challenges, opportunities, and questions that Utah librarians face with EDI efforts. While the presenters will model facilitation and offer tips and best practices, they are not EDI experts, but rather fellow explorers on this path.

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