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Upcoming Diversity Opportunities, January 12th-January 18th

Implicit Bias in the Library Workplace
Tuesday, January 15th, 2pm

How do library administrators and managers foster a healthy, inclusive work environment so all employees can succeed? In this webinar, presenter Dr.Michele A. L. Villagran will share examples of implicit bias within the library workplace and discuss best practices for addressing and minimizing implicit bias in recruitment, hiring and retention. Attendees will have access to a reference list of articles and videos on implicit bias including ones the presenter has authored and instructions for taking a free implicit bias test.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will:

  • Increase awareness of situations involving biases.
  • Identify different types of implicit bias challenges.
  • Develop an understanding of how to approach implicit biases.
  • Describe strategies and solutions to foster an inclusive work environment that may be applied within library workplace.
  • Apply best practices within library workplace to reduce implicit bias in recruiting, hiring and retention.

You can register for this webinar using this link:


American Sign Language: 8-wk Community Classes starting Jan. 22 or Jan. 24.

Two options for Beginning ASL community classes offered Tuesdays or Thursdays from 5:45-7 p.m. for 8 weeks starting January 22 or January 24. For those with previous ASL experience, there will be an Intermediate/Advanced class on Thursdays from 7:15-8:30 p.m. The Beginning ASL class will introduce the fundamentals of sign language. The Intermediate/Advanced classes will continue these skills. Contact Dr. Logan at if you are interested in registering or if you would like more information. Anyone is welcome to join the class! Cost of the 8-week class is $100. Payment options are available as needed. This class is so much fun and completely stress-free! Join with a friend!!


MU Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. 2019 Featured Speaker: Bree Newsome
Wednesday, January 23rd, 7-8:30pm
*This is not next week, but we wanted to remind you to get tickets as soon as you can!

Bree Newsome first garnered national attention for her daring act of peaceful disobedience in June 2015. Following the brutal murder of nine black parishioners at Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Newsome climbed the flagpole at the South Carolina statehouse and pulled down the Confederate Battle flag as a protest against racist symbolism. Her arrest galvanized public opinion and led to the permanent removal of the flag.

As a recognized and celebrated voice on the topics of injustice and racial discrimination, Bree brings to light the importance of leadership development in building and sustaining social movements.

Also an accomplished filmmaker and musician, Newsome skillfully outlines the relationship between activism and art, and captivates audiences as she describes in cinematic detail the heroic gestures of ordinary people on the front lines of activism.

Free tickets available now at the Missouri Theatre Box Office and the MSA/GPC Ticket Office in the Student Center.


Taira Meadowcroft

Taira Meadowcroft is a Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Missouri. She focuses on quality improvement, reference, and marketing for the University of Missouri Libraries.