Workshop on “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” Heading to New Orleans, Denver

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Registration is underway for the American Booksellers Association’s fall workshop, “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Addressing Stereotypes and Creating a Welcoming Environment,” which will feature Ilsa Govan, who delivered an inspiring keynote presentation at Children’s Institute earlier this year.

The fall workshop will illustrate how implicit racial stereotypes can influence attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs about others and create barriers to genuine relationships. The workshop also aims to help booksellers understand the factors that create a sense of welcoming in an independent bookstore.

Govan, M.A., of Cultures Connecting will present the first workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 14, at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, prior to the start of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Discovery Show.

Govan will present a second workshop from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11, at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel in Denver, ahead of the Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association trade show.

Through the workshop, participants will:

  • Develop a shared language of cultural competence to serve as a roadmap for creating diverse, equitable, and inclusive bookstores.
  • Learn and practice tools for engaging in courageous conversations about difficult issues with employees and customers.
  • Increase their awareness and knowledge of the impact of stereotypes on our everyday thoughts and actions.
  • Learn strategies for countering implicit bias and stereotype threat in the workplace.
  • Reflect on practical applications of new skills at a personal and organizational level.

Registration for either session is $75 per person. Fall show registration is not required to attend the workshops, and the workshops are open to all ABA members, regardless of regional association membership.

Register for the “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Addressing Stereotypes and Creating a Welcoming Environment” workshop now.