Northeast Ohio Regional Library System

NEO-RLS 2023 Annual Membership Meeting & Appreciation Breakfast
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM Eastern
Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion
Event Description
Mark your calendars to attend the NEO-RLS 2023 Annual Membership Meeting & Appreciation Breakfast in person on Wednesday, November 15, 2023.  The Membership Meeting & Appreciation Breakfast is open to library administrators, trustees, and staff.
  • Learn how NEO-RLS is progressing financially, what our plans are for the future, more about the services we currently provide, and share any feedback you may have
  • Celebrate all those who have contributed time and expertise to NEO-RLS over the past year
  • Congratulate the 2022 Rising Star, Shooting Star, and Advocacy Award recipients and honorees
  • Hear from Wendy Knapp, State Librarian of Ohio
Featured Presentation: DEI by Design: Building Inclusive Systems and Processes

Through current demographic changes, American society will see traditionally marginalized groups demand change and influence within municipal systems and departments - advocacy efforts are the beginning. Departmental shifts in policy, legal requirements, economic purchase patterns, targeted marketing, and philanthropy must evolve to represent and include Black Women at the foundational level. The 21st-century political economy will be built through a coalition of diverse voices, ideas, and capital. Government officials who get ahead of the curve now will be better positioned to maximize these shifting demographics to create regions of equitable prosperity.

Learning Objectives:
  • Economic Case + Trends-Summary of important trends and statistics forecasting the future of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within systems.
  • Intergenerational Learning-The importance of perspective throughout generations, and facilitating healthy intergenerational learning and support
  • Facilitating Authentic Environments-How you can create and facilitate authenticity and expression at work. We will cover common exclusionary tactics, and how to create spaces that are not tolerant of oppression.
  • Self-Care-We will discuss the importance of focusing on your own sphere of influence, how to recognize and combat burnout, and how to support one another through challenging circumstances.
Chinenye Nkemere
Chinenye (ChiChi) (she/her) is a strategic thinker. She has over 10 years of experience in community engagement, asset building and advocacy. She holds a B.A. in Political Science, African Studies and African American Studies from The Ohio State University, with a focus on race and electoral politics. ChiChi is a Teach for America alumni and highly skilled curriculum specialist. She is active in various civic projects and strategic initiatives in Northeast Ohio. She remains dedicated to progressive and radically inclusive equity in all spaces and for all peoples.

Bethany Studenic
Bethany (she/her) is a Master's level Social Worker and Attorney. Bethany has over a decade of experience in community change initiatives and has served as a leader in prominent social and research-based advocacy movements. Additionally, Bethany has worked in direct practice with diverse groups, including survivors of domestic violence, community police reform movements, and families experiencing poverty.
Hilton Garden Inn
8971 Wilcox Dr
Twinsburg, OH 44087

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Contact Person
Who should attend:  All staff
Competency:  Communication and Marketing

Cost $20 for all

We encourage you to register a minimum of three (5) days in advance for this event in order to ensure that we can accommodate your full participation in terms of seating, hand-outs, food, etc.

This event is supported by the State Library of Ohio with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

It’s never too late to save your library money. NEO-RLS Memberships are pro-rated! Call us today to join.
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