29 Association of Research Libraries Research Library Issues 301 2020 most challenging things is being a Black woman facilitating these conversations as the diversity, equity, and inclusion librarian. How does one do that in a productive way, where people will not shut down or double down? This has been especially hard given my newness in the position. Puente: How has the “work from home” order impacted your DEI work, either for your institution or for the work in general? Kumaran: We are experiencing the same challenges with respect to technology solutions. I updated my Wi-Fi, but calls do get dropped and meetings freeze. People are impacted by the issues around them. (For example, if they have family affected by the pandemic.) DEI work has always been part of my research. I continue to do this in terms of facilitating conversations while not being there in person with others where I might need to be. Our library has started conversations about anti-racism in two-streams: one that focuses on anti-racism learning and another on an anti-racism approach. Learning is only the first step, approach will take us to the next level—actions. The approaches and conversations could get difficult. Our interim dean is taking the lead in these efforts. I am also working as the visiting program officer for the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) to lead their EDI initiatives. Luckily, our monthly meetings were always online, so this work continued with minor interruptions or changes. Witt: I am still the interim director of Human Resources. We hired a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) program manager, Thomas Dickens. Thomas and I took a look at the plan for DEI and accessibility work. He initiated the implementation of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)1 in response to the focus group report. We first implemented the IDI for middle managers (individualized work) and now we are doing one-on-one coaching sessions with them. We are using administrators of the IDI from across the campus to administer to the library. We have shifted other things from in-person to online, for example, our safe-space training has changed as well as our brave-space conversations.
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