Anti-Racism Training Series


The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Standing Group (DEISG) identifies and coordinates training opportunities with a goal for inclusive, intersectional anti-racism training. The DEISG proposes different types of training to engage Alliance members wherever they are with their DEI and anti-racism practices. Training opportunities will address different learning styles and topic familiarity while incorporating community elements.

  • Training types: workshop, multiple session series, speaker/presentation
  • Learning styles: active learning, group discussion, think + write, interactive response, Q&A
  • Topics: anti-racism, cultural humility, racial equity, identity (personal, community, and systems), microaggressions, implicit bias, intersection of race and gender

Training Opportunities

Live captioning will be provided at all trainings.

Visit Anti-Racism Training, Previous Years to review information for past training opportunities.

Cultural Humility and Humble Leadership

Trainer: Xan Goodman, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Date: October 18, 2023, 10:00am-12:30pm

Description: Cultural humility is an aspect of humble leadership, which is a leadership style developed by Dr. Edgar Schein, MIT emeritus professor of organizational psychology. Leadership that is humble and informed by cultural humility has the promise to bring change to management in libraries. In this workshop participants will learn about humble leadership using cultural humility to situate humble leadership as a humble practice within a developing framework of cultural humility for librarianship. Attend this 2.5-hour workshop to learn how to apply cultural humility and humble leadership in your practice as a library leader. Participants will focus on their role as a leader and will link concepts of cultural humility to scenarios in libraries. This workshop will use active learning strategies such as breakout rooms and reflection exercises.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to define cultural humility.
  • Participants will be able to define humble leadership.
  • Participants will have an opportunity to apply humble practices to library scenarios.
  • Participants will be able to name three ways to implement cultural humility with employees/colleagues.
  • Participants will be able to identify one short-term goal they will accomplish within 90 days to implement cultural humility.

This workshop will include conversations for both large and small groups. Breakout rooms will maintain the same groups of people for small group conversations.

Trainer Bio: Xan Goodman is Health Sciences Librarian at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she supports four schools in the Division of Health Sciences, the School of Dental Medicine, School of Integrated Health Sciences, School of Public Health, and School of Nursing. Goodman is a co-editor of two ACRL publications, Disciplinary Faculty-Librarian Collaborations: Integrating the Information Literacy Framework into Disciplinary Courses (2021) and Applications of Information Literacy Threshold Concepts (2017), and author of a three-pillar framework of cultural humility for libraries. She is also an American Library Association Spectrum Scholar and a trained Racial Healing Circle Facilitator.

DEI through an Anti-Racist Lens: What Do They Look Like in an Organization?

Image of Kenesha Lewin who is a black woman with braids in her hair and she is wearing a light colored sweater.
Photo by Alejandro Frederickson

Trainer: Kenesha Lewin, Executive Director, Lewin Education and Consulting

Dates: Session 1 = October 31, 2023, 9:00am-11:30am
            Session 2 = November 1, 2023, 9:00am-11:30am
            Session 3 = November 8, 2023, 9:00am-11:30am
            Unpacking & Reflection Session = November 15, 2023, 10:00am-11:00am

Description: The work of DEI and anti-racism is relational, as we move forward one step at a time towards dismantling systemic oppression. We all contribute to creating change because change doesn’t take time, it takes decisions. Everyone needs to thrive and not just survive. These training sessions will start by setting a foundation for DEI and anti-racism work before going deeper into discussions around systemic barriers, including how to acknowledge and navigate them. Come and join us for three days of mindful, holistic training!

  • Session 1: Learn the why and what of DEI and anti-racism (Oct 31)
  • Session 2: Discover how DEI and anti-racism show up in yourself and your work (Nov 1)
  • Session 3: Identify ways to navigate and eliminate barriers while taking action (Nov 8)
  • Unpacking & Reflection Session: Unpack thoughts and share experiences (Nov 15)
    *This is an optional session for participants who’d like an opportunity for continued conversation. Web meeting access will be shared during the training sessions.

Sessions will use didactic instruction, facilitated discussion, and self-reflection.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will gain a greater understanding of critical terminology used for DEI and anti-racism.
  • Participants will be able to identify the why, what, and how of DEI and anti-racism.
  • Participants will be able to identify organizational barriers and potential actions to navigate and eliminate them.

Trainer Bio: Kenesha Lewin is a social and racial justice advocate, restorative practitioner, educator, and an expert in the field of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). She is a lifelong learner that believes in relationship building—because we don’t change policies, we change people. Kenesha takes a holistic approach to anti-racism and believes it’s a journey not a race. She is committed to highlighting and dismantling systemic racism, one person at a time. This is how true change happens. When power and privilege is leveraged for real change, only then we can have a just nation.