Introducing Kawanna Bright – Diversity & Inclusion Consultant

Happy to announce that Kawanna Bright will be our consultant for Diversity and Inclusion (D/I) in the Library. Kawanna will be visiting us in August, and she’ll meet with small groups to gather our experience with D/I in the library, and how we can promote D/I through our work. All staff will be welcome to participate.

After her time getting to know us, Kawanna will share recommendations for us to get started, a framework to assess our progress over time, and recommended resources we can use for this work. Stay tuned for more details to follow!

And here’s a little more about Kawanna:

Kawanna Bright is currently a third-year PhD student in the University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education Research Methods & Statistics Program, focusing on assessment in libraries.  Prior to returning to school full-time, Ms. Bright was an academic librarian who, over the span of 12 years, held positions as the Head of Information & Research Services at the Florida International University, Green Library; Head of Information Services & Student Engagement at the University of Texas at San Antonio; Instructional Services Librarian at NCSU; and Instructional Services Librarian and Minority Resident Librarian at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is a 2003 graduate of the University of Washington, iSchool.  One of Ms. Bright’s main research areas is diversity in libraries, a topic she has engaged with throughout her 12-year career.  Ms. Bright has both served on and chaired diversity committees within two academic libraries, participated in diversity-based professional development programs – including serving as a keynote speaker, and engaged in diversity-related research.  Most recently, Ms. Bright and her co-researcher were awarded the Beta Phi Mu/LRRT Research Round Table Research Paper Award for their paper titled Including the Voices of Librarians of Color in Reference and Information Services Work.  Ms. Bright will be applying the quantitative and qualitative research skills from her PhD program training directly to her library assessment work, including her work on assessing diversity in libraries.