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Dismantling Bias - LLNE & SNELLA Fall 2020 Virtual Conference


Time Event Speakers Webex Recording
10:00 - 10:30 Introduction Nicole Dyszlewski
Jessica de Perio Wittman
Eboni Nelson
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10:30 - 11:15 Session 1: Dismantling Election Bias

Douglas Spencer
Homa Naficy
Carol Reimers

Moderator: Maryanne Daly-Doran

11:15 - 11:20 Break  
11:20 - 12:05 Session 2: Dismantling Library Collection Bias

Raquel Gabriel
Julie Graves Krishnaswami

Moderator: Nicole Dyszlewski

12:05 - 12:15 Break  
12:15 - 1:15 Lunch 
LLNE Edgar Award Ceremony
LLNE Business Meeting
Nicole Dyszlewski
1:15 - 2:45 Session 3: Dismantling Implicit Bias Karen DeMeola
Tanya M. Johnson
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2:45 - 3:00 Closing Jessica de Perio Wittman
3:00 - 4:00  Trivia Nicole Dyszlewski
Tanya M. Johnson


Meeting Overview

About the Meeting

As law libraries continue to develop programs and initiatives relating to equity, diversity, and inclusion, the LLNE & SNELLA Fall 2020 conference will focus on manifestations of bias within law libraries and the role of libraries in dismantling that bias. Sessions will increase participants' knowledge of bias, deepen their understanding of different forms of bias, and identify biases within law libraries and collections. Being an election year as well as the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the conference will also examine biases and barriers to voting, as well as libraries' role in overcoming those barriers.

Attendee Takeaways

Participants of the virtual conference will come away with an increased ability to: 

  1. Address their own personal biases
  2. Recognize biases within their communities, law libraries, and collections
  3. Identify potential ways in which libraries can eliminate voter suppression
  4. Discuss potential solutions on how law libraries can continue these conversations at their own institutions

General Notes

  • The meeting is free to attend.
  • Registration is for the entire event, but you may come to as many or as few sessions as you like.
  • You can snack during these sessions.
  • All sessions will be recorded and made available for all LLNE and SNELLA members - a Post Meeting tab with links to the recordings will be posted following the conclusion of the meeting.

Organizing Committee

Jessica de Perio Wittman (chair), Ben Carlson, Maryanne Daly-Doran, Tanya Johnson, Deb King, Jennine Kottwitz, Jessica Panella, Anne Rajotte, Justin Rogowski, Polya Tocheva, Lea Wallenius

Special Thanks

Michael Lenn, UConn School of Law, Computer Technical Support Consultant, Information Technology Services for his WebEx expertise and support.

Ricardo Mardales, UConn School of Law, Asst. Director of Information Technology Services, Information Technology Services for offering IT support and coordinating the technology throughout the conference.

Deborah King, UConn School of Law, Events and Programs Manager, Events and Programs for sharing her knowledge and experience planning events.

The University of Connecticut Interpreting Services for providing live captioning.

  • Audrey Silva, University of Connecticut, Director of UCIS
  • Erin Reyes, University of Connecticut, Program Coordinator (UCIS)

The Live Captioners 

  • Bonnie Rothermel
  • Faith Lagenkamp

Joshua LaPorte, Boston University School of Law, Head of Circulation for overseeing the presentation of the Edgar Award.