Advocacy, Outreach and Collaboration
For approximately 25 years, Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU) and the University of Kansas (KU) have fostered a formal collaborative partnership. The partnership is defined in a memorandum of understanding, which pledges to honor and support academic endeavors at each institution by providing mutual library privileges and cooperating in the use of such resources as the libraries, instructional technology, and cultural programing. The collaboration between KU Libraries and the Tommaney Library at HINU has fluctuated greatly. In the past and currently, the level of commitment afforded to this collaboration is largely dependent upon the personal dedication of a small group of librarians. With periods of strong collaborative activities and lulls, the primary focus of the exchange has been library instruction sessions. Under a current revitalization, the program is moving toward a more holistic strategy to make a concerted effort to create and foster a sense of belonging for Haskell students at KU Libraries. This panel will critically examine past collaborations and current initiatives. We will focus on how we are making our library instruction program more holistic by incorporating cultural programming, community building, social media campaigns, and participating in first-year orientation for Haskell students. Through the assessment of past and current initiatives, we will propose a libraries-wide collaboration strategy that benefits all KU and HINU students. As part of the panel, we will take the audience through a reflective exercise for critical exploration of their own positionality as it relates to past, present, and future outreach programs for students of color. We end with the a whole-group synthesis in order for participants to leave with concrete ideas to implement at their own institutions.