Join us to celebrate the release of season two of MVCC:POV Voices from the Valley featuring guests the GASP Club (season two), Muslim Student Association (season one), and Arab Student Union (season one). We’ll be chatting with students and advisers about their experiences participating in the podcast.
Today is National Coming Out Day, a celebration of coming out as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. There are plenty of ways to get involved!
Come to the library this month and check out some of the many books and videos featuring LGBTQIA+ themes.
Stop by these upcoming events sponsored by the GASP Club and Celebrating Diversity Committee:
Lunch Fundraiser: Wednesday 10/16 11:30 – 1:30 in U Cafeteria. All proceeds support the college’s first LGBTQ+ scholarship.
STI Testing: Tuesday, 10/22 11:00- 2:00 U209. Free and confidential testing provided by the Cook County Health Department.
You can find more information about campus LGBTQ+ resources here.
Meet some of the women who have shaped Moraine Valley over the last 50 years. They tell their stories of overcoming many challenges as they worked to establish this college as a nationally recognized institution.
As part of its 50th Anniversary, Moraine Valley has collected oral histories from the people who have helped make it into the quality institution it is today. Meet some of the women behind those recordings and hear them tell the college’s story through their own experiences
Hear the diverse stories of Moraine Valley students who previously lived in Arab countries and have found a new home in the Chicago area. Each with their own unique journey, the students will discuss their transition to living in the US and share some of the challenges they have overcome and hopes for the future.
The audio of this discussion is available below:
Annually the Moraine Valley Community College Library host a Pumpkin Decorating Contest, which also serves as a fundraiser for the Library student scholarship fund. If you didn’t already know, this is a really cool and might I add competitive event. As you can see from the pictures the creativity within the submissions is amazing.
But wait, there’s more…
Beyond my role as an Adjunct Faculty Librarian at MVCC, I am also a consultant and researcher in the areas of Diversity and Inclusion as well as Community Engagement. Recently, I have been doing a little observational research on ways to enhance the connection between local public libraries and the MVCC library.
While out visiting local public libraries, my travels took me to the Harvey (IL) Public Library. Immediately when I walked in I felt connected. The Harvey Public Library District (HPLD) also embraced the pumpkin decorating spirit. In another expression of creativity the HPLD staff connected their pumpkin decorating to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is October. As you can see from the pictures pumpkin decorating at HPLD is also quite the festive endeavor.
So here’s a shout out to HPLD, well done!
Display in the library lobby
HLPD Staff Front Row (R to L): Antonia McBride, Head of Teen & Youth Services; Kim Peake, Head of Adult Services; Ina Bolling, Circulation Assistant; Back Row: Pat Nevin, Reference Librarian
I am a newly hired adjunct Public Services Librarian at Moraine Valley Community College. In another role outside of MVCC, I am a consultant and thought leader in the area of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I). As an outside observer and now as a current employee, I have been- and continue to be impressed and inspired by the range of diversity, inclusion, and cross-cultural appreciation present within the MVCC community.
In this blog post I want to achieve two goals; 1) present information from the vantage point of both librarian as well as diversity and inclusion professional, and; 2) support Moraine Valley’s upcoming sixth annual community dialogue on promoting diversity and leadership on Friday, October 9th. This year’s topic is “Managing Opportunities for All: My Role, Your Role, Our Role.”
To achieve the first goal I offer a reading list of materials available in the MVCC library connected to D&I.
Using the keyword search “diversity and inclusion” as a single term I located the following:
Bridging the diversity divide: globalization and reciprocal empowerment in higher education – by Edna Chun and Alvin Evans (2009).
Diversity and motivation: culturally responsive teaching in college – by Margery B. Ginsberg and Raymond J. Wlodkowski (2009).
Inclusion and diversity: meeting the needs of all students – by Sue Grace and Phil Gravestock (2009).
Multicultural education: issues and perspectives – edited by James A. Banks, Cherry A. McGee Banks (2010).
Ouch! That stereotype hurts: communicating respectfully in a diverse world – by Leslie C. Aguilar (2006).
Using the keyword search “cultural identity” as a single term I located the following:
Arab cinema: history and cultural identity – by Viola Shafik (2007).
Framing Muslims: stereotyping and representation after 9/11 – by Peter Morey and Amina Yaqin (2011).
Intercultural communication: an introduction – by Fred E. Jandt (2001).
Jewishness: expression, identity, and representation – edited by Simon J. Bronner
Who we be: the colorization of America – by Jeff Chang (2014)
Other keyword terms to locate a broader range of MVCC library materials that may be intriguing on the subject: same sex, gender identity, religious diversity, cultural inclusion, generational, stereotypes, bias, as well as power and privilege to name a limited handful.
Diversity Best Practices is a membership and information resource organization. In 2013, Diversity Best Practices (DBP) posted 5 books every diversity professional should read. According to DBP, “these books will challenge your conventional way of thinking and help you grow in your diversity and inclusion work.” I suggest these books also align in the area of thought leadership connected to diversity and inclusion, which can generate and/or promote creative inclusion possibilities along with cross cultural connectedness. Thus, embarking on this reading list will contribute to the personal growth of any one of us currently living in an increasingly more diverse planet. Now the connection to the MVCC library. You can find three of the five DBP must reads within the MVCC collection.
Thinking, fast and slow – by Daniel Kahneman (2011)
Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking – by Susan Cain (2012)
Freakonomics: a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything – by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (2006 –book & cd)
The final addition to this reading list is the Moraine Valley Community College, “One Book One College” monograph, Illegal: reflections of an undocumented immigrant – by José Ángel N (2014)
Before concluding let me again mention Moraine Valley’s annual Diversity Dialogue event on Friday October 9th from 7:30 and – noon being held in Building M. Attend and share best practices, learn from your colleagues, develop a shared strategy, commit to furthering MVCC efforts, and continue the diversity and inclusion dialogue.
For more information: MVCC DIVERSITY DIALOGUE