Bridge Building, Intersectionality and Inclusion
This poster session will provide an introduction to GARE and the GARE white paper on public libraries, which defines racial equity, outlines approaches to addressing structural racism, and shares specific case studies where public library systems have applied equity principles in their respective organizations.
Individual case studies will be highlighted from Seattle, Hennepin, Oakland, Marin, Alameda and more. An example of case study content: The City of Seattle was first in the nation to adopt a citywide commitment to end racial disparities and achieve racial equity. In 2004, Seattle established the Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI), a citywide effort to end institutional racism and race based disparities in city government. The Seattle Public Library renewed its commitment to RSJI in 2015 and has since made advances in its approach to and implementation of equity efforts through their Change Team, an internal cross-classification, cross-divisional committee. Examples of successful equity-driven changes to library programs and services are featured, including a redistribution of Mobile Services and a redesign of a flagship program, Seattle Reads.