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Friday, June 10 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Becoming Champions – Cultivating Cultures of Belonging through Inclusive Leadership and Best Practice

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Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) is a pressing priority for libraries. Despite a wave of
activity and interest, it can be difficult to know where to begin:
  • How do we cultivate thriving cultures that create belonging for all?
  • How do we dismantle the status quo and address injustices?
  • How do we celebrate the uniqueness of individuals, while bridging across difference?
  • How do we avoid causing harm?
There are no simple answers to these tough questions. However, there are best
practices that can guide your library on the path to meaningful change. The foundation of
an effective EDI strategy starts with inclusive leadership. This is reflected in the
standards developed by experts, such as the Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Benchmarks (GDEIB)
. These toolkits help organizations gauge their maturity. They also
offer guidance on how to weave EDI values into an organization’s DNA.
For impactful progress, libraries must honestly assess their readiness and approach EDI
strategy holistically. Our presentation will discuss the application of the GDEIB for
organizational self-assessment. We will focus on the foundational area of leadership,
which is an essential ingredient for any action plan. Next, we will share lessons from our
own learning journeys - as leaders without formal authority within an academic library

Attendees will come away with a better understanding of the GDEIB and the role leaders
at all levels of an organization play in sustaining culture change. We hope participants
will feel empowered to approach this crucial work comprehensively, shifting efforts
towards best practice.

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Stephanie Quail

Director, Open Scholarship department, York University
Stephanie Quail is a Scholarly Communications Librarian at York University, specializing inopen education initiatives. She is also a SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellow, withresearch interests that encompass inclusive leadership, instructional design, andexperiential education... Read More →
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Leigh Jackson (she/her)

Content Development Librarian, York University Libraries, Toronto, ON
Leigh Jackson works as a Content Development Librarian at York University, specializing in bilingual (French/ English) collections. With a background in user experience (UX) design and e-learning, she is currently studying inclusive leadership and project management.

Friday June 10, 2022 9:00am - 10:00am ADT