Using the Power of Cultural Intelligence to address Critical Societal Needs in the LIS field
Faculty Presentation

Faculty Conference Presentation

Join Dr. Villagran for the Sister Thea Bowman Lecture Series on Social Justice in Library and Information Science on Nov. 15th.

Our LIS field requires interactions and relationships with individuals who are different from ourselves. Building culturally intelligent organizations means adapting how we work, how we think about cultures, how we communicate, and how we behave. It means that the individuals, structure, leadership, and initiatives of a library or institution must reflect a variety of
perspectives, values, and preferences. Cultural intelligence plays a vital role in achieving sustainable development in organizations. Embracing cultural intelligence not only promotes equality and social cohesion – but also brings numerous benefits to organizations and the wider society. In a time where our LIS field and society are faced with ongoing disasters, housing concerns, transportation challenges, gender equality, health and well-being, unsafe societies, discrimination, etc. whether inside our institutions or external to the information communities with which we serve, in order to really change, an organization has to commit to continuous valuation. The goal of this talk is to explore how you can apply cultural intelligence to empower your organizations to tackle some of the societal needs that are most crucial within your organization and in the communities you serve.

About the Lecture Series: Advancing social justice is a long tradition and core value of information professionals and cultural heritage institutions. The Department of Library and Information Science at Catholic has always embodied the principle of social justice in its teaching, research and service. It instills a mindset that nurtures a commitment to community service, an openness to change and global perspectives, and a dedication to the philosophy, principles, and legal and ethical responsibilities of the field for the society. In order to represent its tradition in upholding core values and responsibility for social justice, in spring 2019, we inaugurated a dedicated lecture series on social justice named after Sister Thea Bowman.

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Presenter: Michele Villagran
Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Location: Online via Zoom