VIVA: VIVA Anti-Racist Community Framework
The purpose of the VIVA Anti-Racist Community Framework is to inspire anti-racist actions and community in Virginia libraries. With the goal of framing safe spaces built on inclusivity, empathy, and active listening, this resource is not exhaustive; rather it is intended to be a living document, subject to update, change, and challenge. It is hoped that it will be an evolving resource developed and refined by the VIVA community. This “living framework" can be used to facilitate conversation and action.
The VIVA Anti-Racism Webinar Series covers a broad array of anti-racist topics and approaches with the goal of developing community through conversation, creating spaces where people can talk through anti-racist efforts at their institutions, and providing an avenue for VIVA members to engage with scholars.
The following breakout session framework is an example of one way to build a conversation at your institution and is loosely based on the 15% solutions used in the Liberating Structures approach as adapted from “Not Without My Librarian: Developing OER Advocacy & Community” by Heather Blicher, Hillary Miller, and Brenda Smith. It includes time for private rumination, sharing, and feedback. The exercise is focused on identifying one anti-racist action, small or large, that is within your power to take.
It is very important that these discussions be safe spaces. To that end, please be respectful of one another, and know that the understanding, experience, and struggle of existing within systematic racism and white supremacy will vary widely within any group undertaking this exercise. Acknowledge that the burden of this work disproportionally lies on black, indigenous, and brown communities, and recognize that there are different levels of engagement in which people will be comfortable. Understanding there are barriers to change, think of smaller and more immediate steps you may be able to take. Taking deliberate and strategic action is the goal.
Recognizing that the topic can be overwhelming, that first steps can be difficult, and that the work is ongoing, our hope is that the breakout session supports individuals in finding a concrete action or actions that can be taken without approval or resources from others.
The recommendation is to have no more than 3-5 people for this exercise. In the session, take three minutes at the beginning to think about a specific challenge of individual, interpersonal, institutional, or structural racism that you are facing as it relates to your role as a leader, advocate, community builder, or individual in libraries. Think through what are one or more actions that are within your power to take, share them with the group, and gather feedback.
|Introduce and explain the session and document||3 minutes|
|Think about a racism challenge you are facing that relates to your role as a leader, advocate, community builder, or individual in libraries. What is one action within your power to take?||3 minutes|
|Share one of your action ideas with the group||4 minutes|
|Get feedback/consultation from your colleagues||5 minutes|
|Total Time||15 minutes|
Briefly, the following list, paraphrased from The AntiRacist Table, is one way to center discussion and action.
Racial Justice Challenge | University of Maine Raymond H. Folger Library
University Libraries 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge Syllabus | UNC-CH Libraries IDEA Council