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Symposium Recap: Celebrating Juneteenth

Binnie Tate Wilkin

Published: July 26, 2022 by Eori Tokunaga

The San José State University iSchool presented a free online symposium on June 20, 2022, in honor and celebration of Juneteenth Day. The audience was welcomed by iSchool Director Anthony Chow, who introduced guest speaker and professional storyteller, Binnie Tate Wilkin.

“EDI is really everyone’s responsibility. Getting to know our diverse cultures [and] lived experiences is a core part of what it means to be an American.”  – Dr. Anthony Chow

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LGBTQIA+ Resources in the Library
An inclusive library enhances our world

Shannon Oltmann

Published: July 7, 2022 by Eori Tokunaga

In honor of Pride Month, the SJSU iSchool hosted an EDI Symposium on June 30, 2022, titled “How LGBTQIA+ Librarians Shape Libraries Today.” SJSU iSchool Director Anthony Chow opened the symposium with a personal anecdote about discrimination he has faced in his own life, followed by introductions for the keynote speaker, Dr. Shannon Oltmann.

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Symposium Recap: Ukrainian Libraries in the Ongoing Russian-Ukrainian War

Ukrainian Remembrance

Published: June 22, 2022 by Eori Tokunaga

The San Jose State University iSchool presented a symposium on June 15, 2022, regarding the conditions and services of Ukrainian Libraries during the Russian-Ukrainian war. The audience was welcomed by iSchool Director Anthony Chow and Assistant Professor Ulia Gosart, with Ukrainian and English translations provided by Oleksii Deikun.

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Ukraine and the Role of Libraries: A Q&A with Dr. Ulia Gosart

Published: June 21, 2022 by Eori Tokunaga

As part of our efforts to uplift community voices, Dr. Ulia Gosart shares her personal and professional experiences as it relates to the Russian-Ukrainian War. Dr. Gosart is an assistant professor with the San José State University School of Information. She received her Ph.D. in Information Studies from the University of California Los Angeles, her M.S. in Library and Information Science from Connecticut State University, and her B.A. in Librarianship from Kiev National University of Culture and Arts in Ukraine.

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Honoring Juneteenth Day
iSchool Presents Online EDI Symposium June 20

Binnie Tate Wilkin

Published: June 16, 2022 by Eori Tokunaga

The San José State University iSchool is committed to actively honoring and amplifying stories from diverse communities as part of our goal to be a more equitable, diverse, inclusive, and accessible community. As SJSU Spartans, it is imperative that we cultivate a justice-oriented and community-minded culture for students, faculty and staff. 

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Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
iSchool Presents EDI Symposium May 10

EDI Symposium May 10, 2022

Published: May 3, 2022 by Guadalupe Martinez

In 1990, the United States designated the month of May as Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to commemorate their rich history and cultural legacy. Asian identity includes people with heritage from East Asian, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. The umbrella term Pacific Islander includes peoples of Oceania and Native Hawaiians. AAPI identity is globally and culturally diverse. LIS professionals continue to play a significant role in addressing a range of information needs and advocacy work.

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d/Deaf Culture and Community in LIS: A Q&A with Dr. Mary Bolin

Published: April 20, 2022 by Guadalupe Martinez

In recognition of Deaf History Month, Dr. Mary Bolin shares her insights as a dedicated advocate for d/Deaf patrons and library professionals. Throughout the interview, you will note the shifting capitalization of ‘D’ in Deaf or lowercase ‘d’ in deaf. The choice to toggle between letter case, and the way in which one identifies along the spectrum of hearing loss, is deeply personal and varies from individual to individual. To embrace this spectrum of identity, the following text will express the community and culture as d/Deaf where applicable.

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Deaf Culture, Education and Advocacy
National Deaf History Month

Published: April 14, 2022 by Guadalupe Martinez

Deaf Culture and Community

Recognized from March 13 through April 15, National Deaf History Month was initiated in 1997. The following timeline of landmark events have shaped Deaf culture, education and advocacy in throughout history and the growing connections to library and information science.

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Women in Information
Women leaders discuss experiences and expectations

Published: March 31, 2022 by Eori Tokunaga

SJSU iSchool Director Anthony Chow and Dr. Tonia San Nicolas-Rocca hosted an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) symposium for Women’s History Month on March 22, 2022. Shirley Lew, the dean for the School of Arts and Science at Vancouver Community College and editor of “Feminist Among Us: Resistance and Advocacy in Library Leadership,” began the symposium with a presentation on Women in Information.

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Celebrating Women’s History Month

Published: March 28, 2022 by Guadalupe Martinez

Women’s History Month creates space to uplift the extraordinary legacies and lived realities of women around the world. We acknowledge their historic struggles and honor the endless contributions to librarianship, information professions, and beyond. This year, the iSchool held a free EDI symposium, “Women in Information,” to commemorate this month with forward-thinking, visionary dialogue. In case you missed it, check the on-demand webcasts for the recording.

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Celebrating Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month

Published: February 22, 2022 by Guadalupe Martinez

At San José State University, our ongoing and upcoming calendar events and resources aim to uplift and honor the legacies of our diverse communities. Join us in celebrating Black History Month, highlighting the historic contributions and movements within the Black Diaspora.