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Thursday, April 16, 2020

The Institute is sponsored by the AALL/Bloomberg Law Continuing Education Grant Program, Mississippi College School of Law, the University of Mississippi & the State Law Library of Mississippi.

8:00-8:45am-Breakfast at the Westin

9:00-9:30am-Commute to Mississippi College School of Law

9:30-11:15am-Interactive Keynote with Dr. Susan Glisson, Co-founder and Partner, Sustainable Equity, LLC 

Dr. Susan M. Glisson is co-founder and partner of Sustainable Equity, LLC, a minority and woman-owned consulting firm based in Mississippi. Offering over 20 years of practice-based evidence in community building, advocacy, and public policy, Dr. Glisson works with communities, public institutions, and businesses seeking to make the greatest collective impact in creating inclusive and humane work and social environments and to develop the capacity to form sustainable community trust. 

As founding director of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, Susan cultivated lasting partnerships with organizations promoting reconciliation and improved community relations across the United States, in Northern Ireland, and in South Africa. In 2006, she co-created the Steps Coalition, a broad-based, multiracial group on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, founded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to secure affordable housing, equitable economic recovery, and environmental sustainability.  

Dr. Glisson’s leadership has been widely recognized with honors, including The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute Humanitarian of the Year in 2012; The International Award for promoting civil and human rights around the world from the International Organization of Human Rights Agencies in 2012; named by Southern Living in 2013 as a “Hero of the New South”; honored in September 2016, on NPR as a “Boundbreakers: People Who Make a Difference”; named by the Mississippi Center for Justice as a Champion of Justice for participation as a plaintiff, one of "The Courageous Thirteen," in Barber v. Bryant, a case that challenged Mississippi's discriminatory HB1523 bill against the LGBTQIA community

Dr. Glisson, a native of Evans, GA, has written numerous publications and presented on matters of race all around the world from Charleston, SC, to Switzerland. Dr. Glisson earned bachelor’s degrees in religion and in history from Mercer University, a master’s degree in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William and Mary.

In an interactive keynote, Dr. Glisson will be facilitating an exercise to help us identify our highest hopes for diversity and inclusion as a profession and to share (and possibly develop) effective initiatives to promote inclusivity at our law libraries.

11:30am-12:30pm-Program #1

Everyone is a Stakeholder Creating a Diverse TeamA diverse workplace is a better workplace. This session will explore the science behind the benefits of diversity in the workplace. Then, panelists will delve into strategies for librarians of all levels to employ when advocating for a diverse workplace. You will learn about approaches to enhance equity and inclusion, and minimize unnecessary barriers to potential employees of diverse backgrounds.

  • Zanada Joyner, Senior Reference Librarian, NCCU School of Law Library 
  • Femi Cadmus, Archibald C. and Frances Fulk Rufty Research Professor of Law, Associate Dean of Information Services and Technology, and Director, Duke University School of Law, J. Michael Goodson Law Library
  • Lisa A. Goodman, Executive Professor and Director, Texas A&M University School of Law, Dee J. Kelly Law Library
  • Cassandra Patterson, Reference and Outreach Librarian, Georgia State University School of Law Library
  • Phebe E. Huderson-Poydras, Director of Library Services, Southern University Law Center, Oliver B. Spellman Law Library  
  • Franklin L. Runge, Head of User Services, Washington and Lee University School of Law Library

12:30-1:15pm-Lunch at Mississippi College, sponsored by the State Law Library

1:30-2:15pm-Program #2

Holistic Learning:  Best Practices for Creating Inclusive Classrooms: Law schools across the nation seek to enhance the academic climate by diversifying student enrollment.  Whether diversity means gender, age, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, military experience, or other identities, students deserve an opportunity to thrive and to feel included in their law school community.  Inclusive pedagogy creates a holistic learning environment that is welcoming and supportive of students with different backgrounds and experiences. This program will review common obstacles to inclusion, such as course design and personal biases.  This program will also explore best practices for librarians to achieve more inclusive classroom environments for legal research courses.

  • Richelle Reid, Law Librarian for Research Services, Emory Law School, Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library 
  • Nichelle J. Perry, Law Library Director and Assistant Professor of Law, NCCU School of Law Library 
  • Itunu Sofidiya, Reference Librarian and Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Edward Bennett Williams Law Library
  • Tarica LaBossiere, Assistant Public Defender, Broward County Office of the Public Defender 

2:30-3:15pm-Program #3

With Access for All: Creating ADA-compliant Social Media to Build Inclusive Communities: A growing number of colleges and universities are being sued or entering into settlements due to inaccessible websites. The accessibility standards, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, can apply to both public and private institutions. Many of the settlement agreements between the Department of Education and the schools cite inaccessible social media as a problem. Learn how to make your social media accessible and welcoming to all users. Alt-text, closed captioning, and low-vision best practices will be covered along with the tools to make ADA accessible content easy to create and post.

  • Aimee Pittman, Reference Librarian, Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center Law Library

3:30pm-Commute back to Hotel for Institute Attendees


3:00-5:00pm-Library Tours and MS Civil Rights Museum Tour

6:00-8:00pm-Opening Reception at the Westin, sponsored by Lexis

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