Leadership, Management and Organizational Development
Most of us have a vested interest in addressing diversity issues within our communities, our places of work, and our profession. Recent studies have demonstrated that the ‘diversity day’ trainings of the past may not be an effective tool, focusing on a 'safe space' model where people feel empowered to express their biases and fears with no plan to move beyond. From the 2013 book “The Art of Effective Facilitation” comes an approach where ‘safe spaces’ are exchanged for ‘brave spaces’ as a potentially better way of moving conversations on diversity in the workplace beyond a litany of complaints to a more constructive dialog including actionable steps. This session will discuss the model and then create an example brave space where we can learn from what we can do to promote positive change, while practicing using the brave spaces framework.
Beginning with a 15-20 minute active discussion on the model, bolstered by a handout summarizing key points, the session will then present a framing device for a 25-minute model of a brave space discussion, with a 15 minute debrief and discussion after. While this approach is gaining some traction in education generally, it has not been discussed much in librarianship and holds potential for recreating how we have challenging discussions within our workplaces on social justice and diversity topics. Participants will leave with new tools for approaching these conversations and some hands-on experience with the model.