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Past Workshops & Webinars

Identity, Burnout, and Vocational Awe

(From February 29, 2024)

It has been 4 years since the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated just how far employers and vocational awe were willing to push workers— past the edge and beyond. And in our rush back to normalcy, vocational awe has been weaponized against even more library workers. If anything, the pressure to be seen and always available has gotten worse since before the pandemic! And those from marginalized groups bear the brunt of this pressure. How can we as library workers stay sane and prevent the burnout from unrealistic expectations from our library administrators, boards, colleagues, community, and even ourselves? Come and learn from the librarian-scholar who coined the term vocational awe about how to maintain your authentic self at work, while preventing burnout and a total subsumption of self.

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Presenter: 

Fobazi M. Ettarh has worked in school and academic libraries, and is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign as well as working as a consultant and independent scholar for library organizations. In 2018, Fobazi M. Ettarh coined the term and defined the concept of ‘Vocational awe,” which describe “the set of ideas, values, and assumptions librarians have about themselves and the profession that result in beliefs that libraries as institutions are inherently good and sacred, and therefore beyond critique.” Her critical work on libraries, labor, and identity has been published in a variety of locations and she has been a keynote presenter at national conferences and summits. 

Moving from Allyship to Leadership: Agency, Accountability, and Emotional Intelligence

(From January 11, 2024)

As organizations continue to build practical knowledge around addressing microaggressions, minimizing implicit bias, and developing allies, it won’t be enough to just create as many allies and champions as possible. Changing entrenched, biased systems and practices requires leadership at every level of an organization. And leadership around diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) will require more than management skills. As DEI leaders (whatever our organizational role may be), we will be required to build agency for social change among our colleagues and model how to hold ourselves – and others – accountable. This can feel challenging when we are among friends, but even more daunting in a work setting. Using a frame of Emotional Intelligence (EQ), we identify how we’re already showing up as allies – and how we can develop as relational and brave DEI leaders. With an interactive focus, participants will practice having the challenging – and necessary – conversations that mark DEI work.

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Understanding and Challenging Implicit Bias in Decision Making

(From December 7, 2023)

Scholars and researchers continue to demonstrate that we all carry implicit bias involving social identities like race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, class, and religion, among others. This unconscious bias can work against an organization’s stated diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) goals, affecting everything from hiring and promotion decisions to how staff work with patrons, the larger community, and each other. This workshop addresses what we’ve learned, and how we can use this knowledge to challenge implicit bias in all our decisions.

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In-Person Workshop, “Becoming an Active Ally”

  • June 15, 2023; Waunakee Public Library 
  • June 16, 2023, L.E. Phillips Memorial Library in Eau Claire

This training highlighted practices and the role of allyship in racial and LGBTQIA2S+ justice movements.  Participants of all identities had opportunities to reflect and learn how to enact allyship to create change personally and professionally.

Workshop Handout

Build Skills & Take Action to Stand Up for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

(From May 17, 2023)

Description: With a foundational understanding of implicit bias, historical and institutionalized inequities, and how our own social identities impact our positionality in diverse environments, it is time to apply the practical tools that will shift our allyship into action. Upstanders use Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and communication skills to interact, interpret, and navigate uncomfortable and potentially distressing situations where microaggressions and bullying take place. In this skill-building workshop, we practice applying the frameworks and best practices to proactively recognize bias, assess situations for safety risks, and interrupt marginalization in its tracks.

Presenter: 

Anne Phibbs, PhD (she/her/hers), Founder and President of Strategic Diversity Initiatives. Anne brings over 25 years’ experience helping organizations advance their diversity, equity & inclusion goals. She is adept at assessing an organization’s strengths and challenges and tailoring her approach to its context, culture, and goals. With extensive experience in training, teaching, curriculum development, and training of trainers, Anne has delivered hundreds of workshops and classes for thousands of participants in corporate, government, higher education, non-profit, healthcare, small business and faith community settings. Anne earned her PhD in Philosophy and Feminist Studies from the University of Minnesota and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Alicia Treviño-Murphy

Charles Payne

How to Move Past Midwest Nice and Towards Safety and Belonging

(From May 4, 2023)  

In this one-hour webinar, you will learn:

  • What is Midwest nice and how can it obstruct safety and belonging at work?
  • Why bystander intervention is vital in public libraries.
  • Concrete strategies, including example scripts, for how to respond to harmful behavior from patrons, community stakeholders, or staff.
  • Reporting and how to address harm after it happens.

Presenters: 

Alicia Treviño-Murphy is a professional social worker specializing in justice, diversity, equity and inclusion, organizational change, group facilitation and education. She has experience as a restorative justice facilitator and trainer in schools and youth justice settings, as well as coordinating programs and equity work in public libraries. Alicia is a long-term lecturer at the UW-Madison Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work.

Charles Payne is a DEI consultant, certified teacher, and self-taught social artist from Michigan. Payne is the 2023 Resident Shop One Artist/Educator and a 2022 TMT New Play Development Playwright for their play ‘Da Classroom Ain’t Enuf,’ an American Players Theatre New Voices: Creating the Classics of Tomorrow semi-finalist and a Wisconsin Wrights 2022 New Play Development project finalist.

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Midwest Nice Workbook

Beyond Diversity 101: Micro-inequities, Implicit Bias, and Moving toward Equity

(From April 18, 2023)

Description: Many of us have been involved with diversity training that focuses on cultural difference and respecting all perspectives. While this is a good start, we cannot move toward true equity in our workplaces, organizations, and personal relationships until we address historical and institutional inequality. In order to address the myriad ways that certain people are marginalized based on social identities such as race, gender, disability, religion, class, sexual orientation, etc., every one of us needs to understand our own identities, how we all demonstrate bias that is often unconscious, and how we are all capable of moving toward equity.

Presenter: 

Anne Phibbs, PhD (she/her/hers), Founder and President of Strategic Diversity Initiatives. Anne brings over 25 years’ experience helping organizations advance their diversity, equity & inclusion goals. She is adept at assessing an organization’s strengths and challenges and tailoring her approach to its context, culture, and goals. With extensive experience in training, teaching, curriculum development, and training of trainers, Anne has delivered hundreds of workshops and classes for thousands of participants in corporate, government, higher education, non-profit, healthcare, small business and faith community settings. Anne earned her PhD in Philosophy and Feminist Studies from the University of Minnesota and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Presenter Slides

Understanding Why Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Matter in Majority White Spaces

(From April 14, 2022)

This session presents the foundational understanding and importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in conjunction with the core values and behavior standards. Participants will learn a common language and receive an overview of diversity, equity, and inclusion using discussion along with interactive knowledge checks to gauge understanding. They will discover how their own values, culture, and experiences affect interactions with colleagues, attitudes about work, and understanding of workplace values.

Participants will:
• Explore Trends in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
• Learn The Language of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
• Discuss The Case for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
• Learn The Impact of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion on Team Performance

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Engaging in Sensitive Conversations & Handling Pushback

(From March 9, 2022)

Engaging in uncomfortable conversations can be difficult. According to McKinsey & Company on barriers to inclusive workplaces, four out of ten racial- or ethnic-minority employees were at least slightly uncomfortable discussing identity-related issues at work. Employees were uncertain about how colleagues would respond and concerned about being seen as different. To be truly inclusive, organizations should prioritize the psychological safety of all employees by facilitating opportunities to build inclusive conversation skills that allow respectful and effective engagement in the sometimes sensitive conversations around race, equity, inclusion, and diversity and handling the pushback that sometimes occurs in these conversations. We’ll explore the importance of vision casting and listening for understanding about others’ viewpoints. We will help participants see their place and role in moving an organization closer to anti-racist, diversity, inclusion, and equity goals.

Participants in this session will:
• Discuss the importance of connecting organizational and personal values as the guide to why these conversations are important
• Learn steps to creating a safe space for open dialogue
• Strategies for having difficult or uncomfortable discussions race
 

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Let’s Talk About Race At Work

(From February 15, 2022)

Workplace conversations on race can be challenging. Even with the best intentions and sincere willingness to listen and understand, talking about racism can be uncomfortable. Rather than avoiding the necessary discussions and exchanges, we can learn how to productively talk about race. We can have conversations about race, racism and racial equity. We can create brave, bold and safe spaces to ask questions, share experiences, make commitments, co-create solutions, hold ourselves accountable and creating authentic, measurable and lasting impact.

Participants in this session will:
• Understand the importance of establishing guidelines for having conversations about race
• Learn a framework for having organizational or one-on-one conversations about race
• Terminology to understand when talking about race
• Questions and discussion starters for conversations on race in the workplace


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