Library Instruction West 2020
Seattle, Washington
July 22-24
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Thursday, July 23 • 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Dismantling Deficit Thinking to Foster Inclusion, Equity, and Justice in the Library Classroom

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What is possible when we renounce internalized deficit thinking and commit to teaching approaches that honor student strengths, funds of knowledge, and lived experiences? Deficit thinking often unintentionally shapes our approaches to students, especially those with marginalized identities. However, learning activities that tap into the cultural wealth and prior knowledge students bring to the classroom give students the academic space to inform the learning environment and build complexity into external narratives.

In this workshop, participants will actively reflect on their positionality including power, privilege, and marginalization, and the ways it affects their experiences and responsibility as an educator. Facilitators will provide an overview of the deficit mindset and how it pervades higher education, including the library classroom. Participants and facilitators will discuss a series of theoretical frameworks that combat deficit thinking, such as culturally relevant pedagogy and open pedagogy. Using these theories, participants will explore opportunities for practical application in one-shot classroom practices, information literacy learning activities, and programmatic design. The workshop will conclude with participants identifying goals to incorporate into their practice moving forward.

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Rosan Mitola

Outreach Librarian, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Rosan is the Outreach Librarian for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas University Libraries. As the liaison to campus partners in academic support units, she designs co-curricular learning experiences for students and oversees the Mason Undergraduate Peer Research Coach Program... Read More →
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Chelsea Heinbach

Teaching and Learning Librarian, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Chelsea Heinbach is an Assistant Professor and Teaching and Learning Librarian at the Lied Library at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is interested in in critical pedagogy, the affective nature of information behavior, and the intersection between civic engagement and information... Read More →
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Francesca Marineo

Teaching and Learning Librarian for Online Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Thursday July 23, 2020 3:15pm - 4:45pm AST
MGH 295 (Seats 35)

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