2021 Virtual ALISE Academy

Moving Beyond Diversity Day: The Way to Social Justice is Through Action

LIS programs are challenged to design curricula to ensure graduates acquire a strong understanding of diversity and the skills to support equity and social justice in their careers. While some LIS programs offer courses on serving diverse users, these issues are too complex for a single course, and require scaffolding to develop skills needed for inclusive practice. Meaningful change will require that instructors and programs find ways to integrate diversity, equity, and social justice throughout the curriculum, beyond the confines of a “diversity” course or a single lesson within a course. Concurrently, we must recognize that instructors’ employment status and personal identities, combined with students’ identities and backgrounds, may present challenges in teaching about topics such as bias and oppression. What may work well for a white, tenured faculty member teaching a class of predominantly white students may not be possible for an instructor of color or a precariously employed instructor.

Separate registration from the 2021 Virtual ALISE Annual Conference is required.


About the Session

Monday, September 20, 2021
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Session Details:

In this workshop, participants will learn concrete strategies to integrate diversity, equity, and social justice content in LIS courses in different contexts and modalities, across curricular content areas, and from various positionalities. A plenary presentation will set the stage by framing considerations of instructor identity and positionality and leading participants through a power analysis to identify the affordances and constraints that would enable them to enact changes to the curriculum. The plenary will be followed by a series of high energy breakout sessions framed around topics such as instructor positionality and student identity, course content area, and instructional modality. The workshop will conclude with a forward-thinking session on moving from individual efforts to address diversity in our own courses toward program-level integration. Building on the affordances identified earlier, participants will consider how to engage colleagues and administrators to realize a holistic approach addressing diversity, equity, and social justice throughout the curriculum.

Throughout the workshop, planned activities that model recommended approaches and pedagogical techniques. Breakout sessions will be facilitated by proposal team members, and structured to maximize conversation and mutual exchange, engagement in group activities, and move toward concrete ideas and action steps.



Registration is $25 per attendee.


Payment is required to complete registration. Payment may be made via Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or via check (payable to ALISE). Payments must be in US dollars and free of bank charges.

General Information


All cancellations must be submitted in writing and emailed to the ALISE office at [email protected] Cancellations received before 11:59 pm ET on August 13, 2021 are subject to a $75 fee. After August 13, 2021, ALISE will give refunds only for documented medical emergencies.


Photo & Video Policy

Photographs and videos of attendees may be taken during ALISE virtual programs. By registering for an ALISE program, you are giving ALISE permission to take your photograph or video and use it with or without your knowledge and permission on ALISE promotional material, including but not limited to, our newsletters and conference materials, social media, publications, and our website.


Upon completion of the online registration process you will receive a confirmation email within minutes. Please print the confirmation for your records. The URL and login instructions to attend the ALISE Academy will be issued the week prior to the event via email.

Inclusive Participation

If you have a disability or a health concern and require assistance to ensure full conference participation, please indicate your needs during online registration. Please contact ALISE by August 13, 2021 with the details of your request.


Contact the ALISE office with any registration and conference related questions at [email protected] or 978-674-6190.