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Academic Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI) and
Social Justice
Webinar Series


Indigenizing Archives through Digital Sovereignty, Digital Curation & Language Revitalization

Thursday, February 1 from 12-2 PM PST

Presenter: Jerrid Lee Miller

Please register athttps://sjsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwocempqzkiGtQJW-hDv0IXZAsWGZdNdQbc 

The open-forum talk and discussion will draw on how archival best practices is currently being applied and indigenized at Cherokee Nation’s Language Department with the mindfulness that digital assets are more than just worthy of digital preservation; they are an irreplaceable cultural resource that act as one of the greatest tools for language revitalization efforts. This event is co-organized by the CIRCLE, MARA, and CPGE Academic EDISJ Committee.

Jerrid Lee MillerJerrid Lee Miller is a Cherokee Nation citizen, US Army veteran and the current Language Archivist for the Cherokee Nation Language Department. He is working in tandem with both the Cherokee Nation and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in developing a shared digital repository that will focus on language preservation and revitalization efforts for their shared digital materials.


Information Warfare in Ukraine: Conversation with Volodymyr Sydko

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Presenter: Volodymyr Sydko

Vishnu-PendyalaUkrainian film director Volodymyr Sydko will talk about his experiences of the ongoing war in Ukraine. He will address various aspects focusing on the history and means of the Russian information attacks on Ukraine that preceded the full-scale invasion that began in February 2022. Volodymyr also will talk about making documentaries during the war time, of the challenges and peculiarities of shooting in a state of war; he will emphasize the significance of the stories of ordinary people who have suffered from the war. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions related to the war in Ukraine and his profession.


A Lens on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Aspects of Artificial Intelligence

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Presenter: Vishnu S. Pendyala, PhD

Artificial Intelligence has been a topic of hot debates recently with some experts calling for a pause on its development. Social Justice aspects of AI models play a major role when the models are used for certain critical societal applications such as criminal or credit risk assessment and similar behavior prediction problems. The talk will give a general technical overview and go over a few scenarios of the difficult situations that AI models face when used for crucial and sometimes autonomous decision making. The talk will also address some general concerns the recent developments evoked and discuss future directions

Vishnu-PendyalaBio: Vishnu S. Pendyala, PhD is a faculty member in Applied Data Science and an Academic Senator with San Jose State University, current chair of the IEEE Computer Society Santa Clara Valley chapter, and IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Contributor. During his recent 3-year term as an ACM Distinguished speaker and before that as a researcher and industry expert, he gave numerous (50+) invited talks in conferences, faculty development programs, and other forums some of which are available on YouTube and IEEE.tv. He is a senior member of the IEEE and has over two decades of experience in the software industry in the Silicon Valley, USA. His book, “Veracity of Big Data,” is available in several libraries, including those of MIT, Stanford, CMU, the US Congress and internationally. Two other books on machine learning and software development that he edited are also well-received and found place in the US Library of Congress and other reputed libraries. Dr. Pendyala taught a one-week course sponsored by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, under the GIAN program in 2017 to Computer Science faculty from all over the country and delivered the keynote in a similar program sponsored by AICTE, Government of India in 2022. Dr. Pendyala recently served on a US government's National Science Foundation (NSF) proposal review panel. He received the Ramanujan memorial gold medal and a shield for his college at the State Math Olympiad. He also played an active role in Computer Society of India and was the Program Secretary for its annual national convention. He served as an Area Governor with Toastmasters International and received the Distinguished Toastmaster, Area Governor of the Year, and Silver Scribe awards.


Indigenous Data Sovereignty: What are the Current Issues?

Thursday, April 27, 2023, 9-10 AM PDT

Zoom: https://sjsu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xiEl-MQlQ0K_G32ZS-jFRw

Presenter: Professor Rebecca Tsosie

Professor Rebecca Tsosie will discuss the framing of Indigenous data sovereignty and how the concept is being articulated to advance the interests of Indigenous peoples at the local and global levels.  In addition, there will be an examination of certain applications of Indigenous data sovereignty that raise novel ethical and legal issues.

Rebecca TsosieBio: Rebecca Tsosie is a Regents Professor and Morris K. Udall Professor of Law at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. Professor Tsosie
teaches in the areas of Federal Indian law, Property, Constitutional Law, Cultural
Resources Law, and Critical Race Theory. Prior to joining the University of Arizona
in 2016, Professor Tsosie was a Regents Professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor
College of Law at Arizona State University, where she also served as Vice Provost for Inclusion and Community Engagement. Professor Tsosie was the first faculty
Executive Director of ASU’s Indian Legal Program and served in that position for
fifteen years. While at ASU, Professor Tsosie also held an academic appointment
with the faculty of Philosophy within the School of Historical, Philosophical and
Religious Studies, and she served as an affiliate faculty member for the American
Indian Studies Program and a Distinguished Sustainability Scientist for the Global
Institute of Sustainability.

Professor Tsosie, who is of Yaqui descent, is recognized nationally and
internationally for her work in the fields of Federal Indian law and Indigenous
peoples’ human rights. Professor Tsosie is a member of the Arizona Bar Association
and the California Bar Association. She serves as an appellate judge for the Supreme Court of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, as well as the San Carlos Tribal Court ofAppeals. Professor Tsosie received her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, and she was also a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California.

Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges: Career Development of North Korean Millennials in South Korea

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Thursday, April 6, at 2 PM PDT to 3 PM PDT

Presenter: Dr. Hyewon Park, Senior Researcher, the Institute for Educational Research at Yonsei University 

The presentation centers around an ethnographic study that investigates the career trajectories of young adult North Korean defectors (NKDs). The study explores the systemic challenges that young adult NKDs confront as first-generation learners in South Korean education systems within a highly competitive education culture. This research serves to advance our comprehension of the often overlooked obstacles that underrepresented young adult populations encounter while striving to succeed in society and the implications for career counseling and education for first-generation students.

Bio: Dr. Hyewon Park is a senior researcher at the Institute for Educational Research at Yonsei University in South Korea. At the core of Dr. Park's research is a focus on education as a means for driving social change, particularly for socially and economically marginalized people. She has been involved in various research projects, such as the career development of underrepresented learners, the development of vocational education curricula, and critical analysis in education systems. Currently, she is passionately committed to achieving educational equity by teaching digital literacy skills to low-income and disabled learners as a bilingual instructor at Community Tech Network. Dr. Park holds a Ph.D. in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education from the Pennsylvania State University.


Diversity for Representation

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Presenter: Aisha Johnson, PhD, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Outreach, Georgia Tech Library

Dr. Aisha Johnson will discuss her path to librarianship, archives, and discovery of the Julius Rosenwald Library Fund. Her title, The African American Struggle for Library Equality: The Untold Story of the Julius Rosenwald Fund Library Program, unveils the almost forgotten philanthropic efforts of Julius Rosenwald, former president of Sears, Roebuck, Co., and an elite businessman. Rosenwald simply desired to improve, “the well-being of mankind” through access to education. The talk will extend into a discussion on the need for diversity for adequate representation in libraries and archives to provide service to all people. A talk on the impact of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Aisha JohnsonBio: Dr. Aisha Johnson (she/her), Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Outreach at Georgia Institute of Technology Library, is a revelator of Southern library history. Formerly an Assistant Professor/MLS Program Director for the School of Library and Information Sciences at North Carolina Central University, she is committed to archival research, the production of minority librarians and archivists for cultural preservation, and redefining the scholar.

Johnson stands on a soapbox for unveiling the history of underrepresented communities. She has focused much of her research on the development of literacy in the African American community and philanthropic efforts to develop public libraries in the South. Her advocacy for librarianship and archives is not only conveyed in her research, but also her professional career.

When nobody looks like me: Navigating identity and culture in a corporate journey

Thursday, September 29, at 10 AM PST

Zoom Link: https://sjsu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lCn-77c7Q7avE1mDIpVnRw 

Presenter: Maria Medrano, Sr. Director Diversity Partnerships and External Engagement

One thing everyone knows is how it feels to not belong. At a time when many of us want to be seen, connected, and supported, othering can make us feel the exact opposite. Sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and even one’s own beliefs can be targets for othering, which can hold us back. Systemic injustices and racism also play a role.

For young leaders from underrepresented communities, what are the lessons that can help them navigate career challenges? How did those lessons influence my own career decisions? And how can academia and corporate America work together to lower the barriers for ambitious but underrepresented communities?

Through this discussion, I will share one Latina’s journey, along with lessons learned along the way, including:

  • Remember who you are.
  • Make your needs known.
  • Create new connections that matter.
  • ‘Ring the bell” for others.
  • Invest in you. 

Maria MedranoBio: Maria Medrano, Sr. Director Diversity Partnerships and External Engagement, is responsible for a global diversity partnership strategy that is inclusive of policy and external partners with equitable outcomes that extend a sense of belonging. With more than 20 years of experience, Maria is a balanced blend of strategist and community advocate—holding roles in Inclusion, Community, HR, Finance, Operations
and Strategic Sales. In her previous role as Visa’s Chief Diversity Officer, Maria was responsible for establishing the Inclusion, Diversity vision and mission and for supporting the company’s promise of universal acceptance for everyone, everywhere. Maria is a first-generation American of Mexican descent and the first in her family to earn a college degree. Through her work, Maria has earned several important accolades, including Top 100 under 40 Diversity MBA, Silicon Valley 40 under 40, and YWCA Tribute to Women Emerging Leader Award. She continues to advise and serve on multiple non-profit boards dedicated to improving the education of students in disadvantaged communities.

Engaging Our Communities Through EDI Work: Our Perspectives

Wednesday, November 17 at 9 AM PDT

Zoom Link: https://sjsu.zoom.us/j/82868881853 

Presenters: Ray Pun & Patrice Green

This session will share how two librarians engage their communities through the values of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). As the field of librarianship continues to evolve, library workers have become more cognizant of what it means to share authority and knowledge inside and outside of their silos while working toward a more inclusive set of values. Recognizing librarianship as more than internal, transactional exchanges with limited audiences is essential to engaging in more reparative and meaningful work with community partners. From special collections to programming, both speakers will address the opportunities and challenges in integrating EDI into their respective activities.

Ray PunBio: Ray Pun is the Education/Outreach Manager at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives, Stanford University. He holds a Doctorate in Education, a Master of Library Science, and a Master of Arts in East Asian Studies. His research interests focus on the impact of digital exclusion and library advocacy work on communities of color. Ray serves as a CIRI International Advisory Board Member for SJSU School of Information. Most recently, he was a merit reviewer for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)'s broadband connectivity programs to award over $1.5 billion dollars to enhance national broadband goals and efforts.  

Patrice R. GreenBio: Patrice R. Green is the inaugural Curator for African American Collections at Penn State University. She holds master's degrees in Public History and Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina, where she focused her studies in museums and material culture, archives and preservation management, historic preservation, and 20th century US history. Her current research interests include information literacy, information privilege, and Black feminist theory. Green has served as an Emerging Leader with the American Library Association and currently co-chairs the National Council on Public History's Professional Development Committee. 

Humble Leadership as a Humble Practice

Tuesday, November 9 at 10 AM PDT

Zoom Link: https://sjsu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cOHKLvH9TWuJoTxbbbcpYA 

Presenter: Xan Goodman, Health Sciences Librarian, Associate Professor, University Libraries, University of Nevada Las Vegas

This 60-minute webinar will introduce the concept of humble leadership. Humble leadership is a leadership style developed by Dr. Edgar Schien, MIT Emeritus Professor of organizational psychology. This webinar will introduce the idea of humble leadership as a pathway to engage in leadership as a librarian. I will share my thoughts about humble leadership using a framework of cultural humility to situate humble leadership as a humble practice within a developing framework of cultural humility for librarianship.

Xan GoodmanBio: Xan Goodman is Health Sciences Librarian at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she supports three schools in the Division of Health Sciences, the School of Integrated Health Sciences, School of Public Health, and School of Nursing. Xan is a co-editor of two ACRL publications, Disciplinary Faculty-Librarian Collaborations: Integrating the Information Literacy Framework into Disciplinary Courses (2021) and Applications of Information Literacy Threshold Concepts (2017). She is also an American Library Association Spectrum Scholar and a trained Racial Healing Circle Facilitator.

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