WisLibIDEAWisconsin Library Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity in Action (IDEA)

This site is for any Wisconsin public library staff member interested in devoting more time to learning about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and how to bring that learning to their libraries and communities.

Project Learning Models

There are several ways in which you, the learner, can interact with this project. Choose one or all to fit your needs and schedule. 

The Group Education option includes three one-hour webinars from The People Company delivered “live” virtually and recorded for later playback. These webinars will serve as the basis for the Group Discussion option.

The first of the webinar series begins in February 2021 and will guide Wisconsin library staff through “talking about race” in the library and in their communities. The second webinar, in March, will help library staff prepare for tricky conversations around diversity, inclusion, equity and anti-racism. The final webinar, in April, will discuss why diversity matters in majority white spaces.

The Independent Study option is appropriate for anyone wishing to improve their ability to talk about race on their own time and at their own pace.  Participants can access webinars, articles, videos, worksheets, practice activities and other material through this website.

The Group Discussion option is a way to explore the content of each webinar in discussion forums made up of no more than 10 participants from public libraries across the state. These sessions will be offered virtually to allow for maximum accessibility and will be facilitated by trained library staff facilitators. These discussions will offer an opportunity to do a “deeper dive” into the concepts around how to talk about race and explore some of the Webinar content in a safe, respectful environment.  Questions from participants will serve as the starting point for the discussions and participants will be encouraged to share their personal stories and experiences for others to reflect on in an open, non-judgmental way.

Coming soon…

  • February 15th, 10am – Let’s Talk About Race At Work [Register HERE]
  • March 9th, 10amEngaging in Sensitive Conversations & Handling Pushback [Register HERE]
  • April 14th, 1pmUnderstanding Why Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Matter in Majority White Spaces [Register HERE]


Facilitation Training Opportunity

As part of the 2022 LSTA-funded project Libraries Talk About Race, the Wisconsin IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in Action) Team invites library staff to apply to participate in virtual Facilitation Training, which will occur February 3.   

Facilitation Training is a 2 hour training provided by The People Company.  The goal is to prepare a group of Wisconsin library staff to facilitate group discussions about race.  Several of those trained will have the opportunity to facilitate discussions with other library workers about upcoming webinars (in February, March, and April of 2022).  The training will prepare participants to:

  • Understand their personal facilitation style and adapt their style to different facilitation situations.
  • Apply strategies for effective and inclusive large group facilitation where thoughtful, critical dialog can occur.
  • Manage group dynamics that may arise in a large group facilitation setting in a way that maintains a trusting, respectful environment.


  • Applications due January 5.  Applicants notified by January 10.
  • There will be two sessions:  
    • Thursday, February 3 from 10-12
    • Thursday, February 3 from 2-4
  • Training will be virtual, and in groups of no more than 16 participants.  
  • Training will not be recorded, applicants will need to be available to attend live for one of the sessions.  Participants will need to have access to a camera and microphone.


This project was made possible thanks to the Wisconsin Department of Instruction (DPI) Public Library Development Team, with funding support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services