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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt

Are you confused about all the topics under the umbrella of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?
Are you overwhelmed by all things swirling around in our world today?
Are you ready to have less frustrating conversations?
Conversations that matter include both internal and external dialogues about our similarities and our differences. Each webinar session will showcase examples across various subordinated and marginalized intersectional identities as well as give us all time to reflect, organize, and do our own work in claiming responsibility for our privileges and full lived experiences.

Please join us for the "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt" series. Sign up for one or all the sessions!

We encourage further discussion through social media. The primary hashtag for the series is #MedlibsDEI and additional hashtags include #ConversationsthatMatter and #MLAdiversity.

This webinar series is being underwritten by the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL), the Medical Library Association (MLA), and the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM).

Each webinar session is 60 minutes long and begins at:
12:00 p.m. ET | 11:00 a.m. CT | 10:00 a.m. MT | 9:00 a.m. PT | 8:00 a.m. Alaska | 6:00 a.m. Hawaii

For details and a link to register, please see each separate session listed on the right.

A closed caption recording of each webinar session will available on the NNLM YouTube channel. Whether you attend the live session or view the recording, one hour of MLA CE credit for each session will be available for up to 1 year.

Presenter: Jessica Pettitt, M.Ed., CSP, pulls together her standup comedy years with 15+ years of diversity trainings in a wide range of organizations to serve groups to move from abstract fears to actionable habits that lead teams to want to work together. As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer in Bulgaria, Social Justice Training Institute Alumna, and a Certified Speaking Professional, Jessica has taken the typical diversity talks to the next level of social justice conversations examining privilege, oppression, entitlement, and our collective responsibility to make the change while connecting difficult topics with employee retention, crisis management, and increasing innovation and profits. Jessica blends politics, humor, identity, and local flair with big city passion and energy through direct, individualized, and interactive conversations. Her workshops, seminars, and keynotes don't just leave participants invigorated but inspired and motivated to follow through with action to create change. Learn more about Jessica on her website Good Enough Now.

The power point presentations for each session are available on the AAHSL website 
Webinar documents and links:
LGBT Workshop Bundle (August 2020)
Safezone Placard (August 2020)
How Might the Needs of Transgender People Differ from the Needs of Non-Transgender of Cisgender LGB People?  (July 2020)
How to Be an Ally to Transgender and Intersex People (July 2020)
Reversal Questionnaire (May 2020)
Microaggressions (March 18, 2020)
Audio Instructions
That's Not Funny! Or is it? (January 22, 2020)
Assessing Your Organization for Social Justice and Inclusion
Better Connections 
Ally Path
Assuring Cultural Competence in Health Care (March 18, 2020)
Recommended Standards for Cultural Appropriate Health Care Services (March 18, 2020)

How to Connect to the Webinar

It is recommended to review this Webex help document prior to joining WebEx or if you are having trouble joining the webinar:

Registration is encouraged but not required to attend "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians with Jessica Pettitt"

To join the training session

Go to current "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion" session
Enter your name and email address.
Enter the session password: diversity
Click "Join Now".
Follow the audio instructions that appear on your screen.
Audio Instructions

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Call-in toll number (US/Canada):1-650-479-3208
Access code: 628 642 317

Need assistance?

For assistance, you can contact NNLM PNR at nnlm@uw.edu

Class Length: 
1 hour
Course Owner(s):
Carolyn Martin, MLS, AHIP, Consumer Health Coordinator
Carolyn Martin, MLS, AHIP, Consumer Health Coordinator
Continuing Education:

Each webinar session is eligible for 1 MLA CE up to 1 year from the live session.

Past Classes

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