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But You Should See Color: Teaching and Research in Information Science [SDGs 4, 10, 16]
Monday, 26/Oct/2020:
9:00am - 10:30am

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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Accelerator Series
Topics: Research Methods
Keywords: research, race

But You Should See Color: Teaching and Research in Information Science [SDGs 4, 10, 16]

Nicole A. Cooke1, Monica Colon-Aguirre2, Lisa Hussey3

1University of South Carolina, USA; 2East Carolina University, USA; 3Simmons University, USA

The phrase “but I don’t see color,” and the colorblind mindset it represents are a hindrance when trying to achieve sustainable and long-lasting progress in the diversification library and information science (LIS). This can be particularly evident for faculty who teach classes related to equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice. It is not uncommon to have students (aspiring LIS information professionals) actively refuse to acknowledge race and resist participation in conversations on hard topics. Race remains disappointing invisible in LIS (Honma, 2005). This session features LIS faculty who have experience teaching difficult topics and trying to change the hearts and minds of colorblind students. Honma, T. (2005). Trippin’ over the color line: The invisibility of race in library and information studies. InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies, 1(2).

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