Race: What’s all the fuss about?

The topic of race and race relations has increasingly been in the forefront of news topics, social media post, classroom content, workplace chats, and family conversations. Some of the interactions have ranged along a continuum from the intellectually engaging to violently confronting. Regardless of your beliefs or position on the topic of race and race relations, have you considered that the concept of race may not actually exist?
Some scientist, biologist, and geneticist believe race is a concept created by man to serve personal purposes and intentions. For those that might want to explore further the topic of race as a social man-made concept I offer readings from the MVCC catalog and videos from You Tube to get you started.

BOOKS AVAILABLE AT MVCC

    Faibanks, D. J. (2015). Everyone is African: how science explores the myth of race. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books. Call Number: GN289 .F35 2015

    Sussman, R. W. (2014). The Myth of Race: the troubling persitence of an unscientific idea. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Call Number: HT 1521 .S83 2014

    Taylor, P. C. (2013). Race: a philosohical introduction (2nd Edition ed.). Cambridge, UK: Polity Press. Call Number: HT 1521 .T36 2013

    YOU TUBE VIDEOS

Science Says: There Is No Such Thing As Race!
The myth of race: debunked in 3 minutes

On Campus and in the Community: Pumpkin Decorating

Annually the Moraine Valley Community College Library host a Pumpkin Decorating Contest, which also serves as a fundraiser for the Library student scholarship fund. If you didn’t already know, this is a really cool and might I add competitive event. As you can see from the pictures the creativity within the submissions is amazing.

WINNER: Fran Hoak “Retired”

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But wait, there’s more…

Beyond my role as an Adjunct Faculty Librarian at MVCC, I am also a consultant and researcher in the areas of Diversity and Inclusion as well as Community Engagement. Recently, I have been doing a little observational research on ways to enhance the connection between local public libraries and the MVCC library.

While out visiting local public libraries, my travels took me to the Harvey (IL) Public Library. Immediately when I walked in I felt connected. The Harvey Public Library District (HPLD) also embraced the pumpkin decorating spirit. In another expression of creativity the HPLD staff connected their pumpkin decorating to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is October. As you can see from the pictures pumpkin decorating at HPLD is also quite the festive endeavor.

So here’s a shout out to HPLD, well done!

 

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Display in the library lobby

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HLPD Staff Front Row (R to L): Antonia McBride, Head of Teen & Youth Services; Kim Peake, Head of Adult Services; Ina Bolling, Circulation Assistant; Back Row: Pat Nevin, Reference Librarian

 

 

 

Diversity & Inclusion @ Moraine Valley

I am a newly hired adjunct Public Services Librarian at Moraine Valley Community College. In another role outside of MVCC, I am a consultant and thought leader in the area of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I). As an outside observer and now as a current employee, I have been- and continue to be impressed and inspired by the range of diversity, inclusion, and cross-cultural appreciation present within the MVCC community.

In this blog post I want to achieve two goals; 1) present information from the vantage point of both librarian as well as diversity and inclusion professional, and; 2) support Moraine Valley’s upcoming sixth annual community dialogue on promoting diversity and leadership on Friday, October 9th. This year’s topic is “Managing Opportunities for All: My Role, Your Role, Our Role.”

 

To achieve the first goal I offer a reading list of materials available in the MVCC library connected to D&I.

Using the keyword search diversity and inclusion as a single term I located the following:

Bridging the diversity divide: globalization and reciprocal empowerment in higher educationby Edna Chun and Alvin Evans (2009).

Diversity and motivation: culturally responsive teaching in college – by Margery B. Ginsberg and Raymond J. Wlodkowski (2009).

Inclusion and diversity: meeting the needs of all students – by Sue Grace and Phil Gravestock (2009).

Multicultural education: issues and perspectives – edited by James A. Banks, Cherry A. McGee Banks (2010).

Ouch! That stereotype hurts: communicating respectfully in a diverse world – by Leslie C. Aguilar (2006).

 

Using the keyword search cultural identity as a single term I located the following:

Arab cinema: history and cultural identity – by Viola Shafik (2007).

Framing Muslims: stereotyping and representation after 9/11 – by Peter Morey and Amina Yaqin (2011).

Intercultural communication: an introduction – by Fred E. Jandt (2001).

Jewishness: expression, identity, and representation – edited by Simon J. Bronner

Who we be: the colorization of America – by Jeff Chang (2014)

Other keyword terms to locate a broader range of MVCC library materials that may be intriguing on the subject: same sex, gender identity, religious diversity, cultural inclusion, generational, stereotypes, biasas well as power and privilege to name a limited handful.

 

Diversity Best Practices is a membership and information resource organization. In 2013, Diversity Best Practices (DBP) posted 5 books every diversity professional should read. According to DBP, “these books will challenge your conventional way of thinking and help you grow in your diversity and inclusion work.” I suggest these books also align in the area of thought leadership connected to diversity and inclusion, which can generate and/or promote creative inclusion possibilities along with cross cultural connectedness. Thus, embarking on this reading list will contribute to the personal growth of any one of us currently living in an increasingly more diverse planet. Now the connection to the MVCC library. You can find three of the five DBP must reads within the MVCC collection.

Thinking, fast and slowby Daniel Kahneman (2011)

Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talkingby Susan Cain (2012)

Freakonomics: a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everythingby Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (2006 –book & cd)

The final addition to this reading list is the Moraine Valley Community College, “One Book One College” monograph, Illegal: reflections of an undocumented immigrant – by José Ángel N (2014)

Before concluding let me again mention  Moraine Valley’s annual Diversity Dialogue event on Friday October 9th from 7:30 and – noon being held in Building M. Attend and share best practices, learn from your colleagues, develop a shared strategy, commit to furthering MVCC efforts, and continue the diversity and inclusion dialogue.

For more information: MVCC DIVERSITY DIALOGUE