Join ULC members as we co-create strategies for strengthening race and social equity leadership during ULC's Beyond Allyship Conversation Series, held virtually this fall and through early 2021.
What does going Beyond Allyship mean?
Standing as an “ally” — a vocal supporter, open ear and continuous learner — in the fight for race and social equity is vital, but it is only the first step for leaders who are serious about creating change. ULC library leaders set the tone and model expectations for entire library systems and communities, and we have a responsibility to go beyond allyship and take on an active, lifelong and accountable leadership role as equity champions.
How can I join this ULC Conversation Series?
This ULC Conversation Series will be reminiscent of the annual in-person ULC Forum you've come to love. Registration for ULC's Beyond Allyship Conversation Series is free for members. Read below to learn more about our sessions and stay tuned for upcoming registration details.
Registration Will Open Soon for Our Second Conversation
Getting Serious About Institutional Equity
November 19 | 2-3:15 p.m. ET
Imagine a workplace where people of all colors and races can rise to every level of leadership — and where the lessons we learn about diversity at work actually transform the things we do, think and say outside of our jobs. How do we get there?
Please join ULC library leaders on November 19 for a critical conversation with UPS Manager of Executive Communications Janet Stovall. Stovall will introduce ULC members to a head-on approach she has developed to address systemic bias in the workplace and engage attendees in a dynamic discussion about strategies and straightforward solutions for dismantling institutional racism and inequity.
This program is free to ULC members, yet registration is required.
Manager of Executive Communications, UPS
As manager of executive communications for UPS, Janet Stovall serves as the primary speechwriter for the company’s CEO and senior leaders. Her business approach tackles corporate racism head-on with a straightforward formula, creating an inclusive workplace where people feel safe and are expected to be their authentic selves. Diversity, she says, is a numbers game. Inclusion is about impact.
Stovall is one of the few executive speechwriters of color. A self-described cultural conversationalist, she is perhaps best known for her TED talk challenging business to get serious about inclusion. She talks to audiences about how the power of single-mindedness in business can dismantle racism, and challenges audiences to imagine a place where the lessons we learn in a diverse workplace transform the things we do, think and say outside of work.
Revisit Our First Conversation (Recording Coming Soon for Event Attendees)
Creating Space for Racial Healing: A Conversation with Prof. john a. powell
Systemic racism injures all of us — not just those who are being “othered” but also those who perpetuate that “othering.” These painful injuries happen on many levels, including the individual, structural and societal spheres — so healing must also happen on many levels. But, we can’t truly heal these deep wounds while racialized violence and discrimination are still being perpetuated.
ULC library leaders convened for a critical conversation on October 15 with Professor john a. powell, one of the world’s most important, thoughtful scholars on civil and human rights. Professor powell will lead us in a vital discussion about the systemic racism embedded in the spaces we inhabit as leaders, library professionals and individuals, including how we can begin to co-create alternative spaces to enable real healing.
john a. powell
Robert D. Haas Chancellor's Chair in Equity and Inclusion, University of California, Berkeley School of Law; Director, Othering & Belonging Institute
john a. powell is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties and a wide range of issues including race, structural racism, ethnicity, housing, poverty and democracy. He is the director of the Othering & Belonging Institute, which supports research to generate specific prescriptions for changes in policy and practice that address disparities related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and socioeconomics. He is also a Professor of Law and Professor of African American Studies and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
Director, Libraries and Information Services, Newport News Public Library
Sonia Alcántara-Antoine has served as the director of libraries and information services for Newport News Public Library since 2017. Before becoming a director, she held leadership positions at Virginia Beach Public Library and Enoch Pratt Free Library. She is a 2004 American Library Association Spectrum Scholar and is active in a number of professional association groups including the Urban Libraries Council and the Virginia Library Association. She holds a master’s degree in library and information science from Florida State University and is currently working towards a master’s degree in public administration from Old Dominion University.