Using Social Media as a Tool to Advocate Diversity and Inclusion

- when making posts you can use kids materials related to diverse and sometimes sensitive topics to help disarm the conversation and make it more accessible

- everyone has biases whether they realize it or not:
if you are male, white, cis-gendered, live above the poverty line, have watched any media at all, are physically-abled in a "normal" stance you have bias!
- acknowledge your internal biases and work to change them!
- does your library have a statement of inclusivity?

-racial equity training is great

How to Address Bias and Practice Empathy
- talk open internally
- commit to being inclusive
- find training
- ask for help (contact non profits and advocacy groups that can help expand your knowledge)

Diversity and Inclusion
- women are 20% less likely than straight men to win endorsements for their ideas. LGBTQ's 21% likely, people of colour 24%
- Implicit bias: subconscious bias, involuntary formed biases
- Explicit bias: conscious bias
- Cultural sensitivity: knowledge and acceptance of other cultures
- Be a Gatekeeper! You decide what goes in and out of the library. You are the filter.(note: in most contexts being a gatekeeper is a bad thing, this presenter uses it differently)
- Diversity is not monolithic. It does not look a certain way.

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