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Saturday, June 17 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Rejecting the Master’s Tools to Transform Public Libraries

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When your library board agrees to form an antiracism team and passes a social justice resolution, how do you create concrete and lasting change within a bureaucratic, racist structure that was set up to serve white people exclusively? Staff and community members from Kalamazoo Public Library’s Antiracism Team will discuss challenges and victories over three years of antiracist organizing from the inside. Session participants will formulate strategies and tools for creating institutional change.


Angela Fortin

Kalamazoo Public Library
Angela Fortin is a branch librarian at the Kalamazoo Public Library, where she works with people of all ages and serves on the library’s Antiracism Transformation Team. She also serves on the boards of Kalamazoo Refugee Resource Collaborative and ERAC/CE. She has a Master's in Library... Read More →

Caitlin Hoag

Kalamazoo Public Library
Caitlin Hoag is the Law and Reference Librarian at the Kalamazoo Public Library (KPL) and a member of KPL’s Antiracism Transformation Team. She is also a board member for the Society for History and Racial Equity (SHARE) that serves SW Michigan. She graduated from Wayne State University... Read More →

Jermaine Jackson

Kalamazoo Public Library
Jermaine Jackson is a library circulation supervisor at the Kalamazoo Public Library's Alma Powell and Eastwood branches, assists with adult and teen programming, and is a member of KPL's Antiracism Transformation Team. He also serves as a volunteer Community Service Chaplin in several... Read More →
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Fernando Ospina

Co-Executive Director, ERACCE
Fernando is Co-Executive Director of Eliminating Racism & Creating/Celebrating Equity and an apprentice with Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training. He is an Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership Advisory Board member and facilitator of the Cradle Kalamazoo Health Equity... Read More →

Saturday June 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
State Hall: Room 116