Thursday, April 29th 9-11AM
Spring 2021 ACC Library Services Equity Symposium: (Open to All ACC faculty and staff) A presentation by Ozy Aloziem, Denver Public Library's Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, who will discuss race, equity and libraries, highlighting customer service actions and practices. Following the presentation will be a conversation with a panel of students centering on their experiences and interactions in the library.
Thursday, April 29th 11AM-12PM
Foundations of EDI in ACC Library Services: (For Library faculty and staff only) What do we mean when we say Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)? What can we do in ACC Libraries? Unpacking EDI and moving towards justice.
Ozioma (Ozy) Aloziem is an Igbo scholar situated at the intersection of multiple ways of knowing. Originally raised on Omaha land (occupied Omaha, NE), she has been a visitor on Arapaho, Cheyenne and Ute territories (occupied Denver, CO) since 2015. Ozy is the Denver Public Library's first Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Manager. She is also leading the Building A Pipeline of Community Connection, DPL's grant project examining equity in the library workforce funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services. In addition to her role at DPL, Ozy serves as a racial equity & racial healing consultant for several organizations across the nation. She is also a proud member of the Palm Wine Collective, a Black femme-led collaborative curating creative spaces, and content for Black collective healing. Ozy is a social work scholar that is deeply committed to collective liberation and social justice. As a critical Black feminist, she prioritizes racial and gender equity in her scholarship and activism. She uses this focus to amplify voices of marginalized communities that are left on the fringes of academic research, public policy and global conversation. She has been the lead researcher for several projects in multiple countries and has presented at countless research conferences in various disciplines. Ozy received her MSW from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work in 2019, where, among several other prestigious awards, she was awarded the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work’s Jean Peart Sinnock award- the highest honor given to a graduating social work student, for her antiracist research and advocacy.