Censorship, Equity Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity Audit

*Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer. Transcending Your Worldview and Internalized Biases Karen Jensen said in her “Diversity Auditing 101: How to Evaluate Your Collection” for School Library Journal, “A diversity audit takes inventory and determines what’s in a collection and what areas need to be better developed. It yields concrete data. This type of audit helps put the science in library science.” I firmly believe that a diversity audit is important because as a 40-year-old white woman, I am the dominant demographic in librarianship, and I had livedContinue reading

Equity Diversity & Inclusion, Politics

The Equality Act

*Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer. As a cisgender bisexual woman (she/hers), the Equality Act is important to me. In this post, I will provide resources and information for educators and others on this landmark civil rights legislation as it makes its way through the 117th U.S. Congress. Similar bills have been proposed since the 1970s, but the modern version of the Equality Act was proposed in the 116th U.S. Congress. It passed the United States House on May 17, 2019 in a bipartisan 236–173 vote. However, the SenateContinue reading

Equity Diversity & Inclusion

Official Complaint to TCEA & Resolutions Given by TCEA

*Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer. My Blog Post Content Warning: Homophobia, Suicide I want to begin with a quote I saw on Twitter that speaks to why I am writing this and making this information public: “May our wounds not have the final say. May we see ourselves beyond the gaze of someone who tried to erase us.” – Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis Tweet Terminology: To establish a foundation of common understanding before addressing what occurred at TCEA, I would like to define some terms directly related to myContinue reading

Consent Rape & Sexual Assault

One day she will tell you that she has had enough

*Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer. Content Warning: Rape, sexual assault, suicide, and violence Recently I heard the song “Face Down” by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (play it before you read…) and using the lyrics as inspiration, I started thinking about this blog post: Do you feel like a man When you push her around? Do you feel better now, as she falls to the ground? Well I’ll tell you my friend, one day this world’s got to end As your lies crumble down, a new life she hasContinue reading