I am committed to cultivating an inclusive and equitable learning environment where you are respected and welcomed—an environment in which the diverse perspectives and experiences of people of all sexual and romantic orientations, gender identities, gender expressions, and multiple/intersecting identities are valued, embraced, and celebrated.
Libraries and archives should be for and about everyone, but the real often falls short of the ideal. Because materials are created and collected by people, libraries and other repositories are subject to both individual and institutional biases—and the experiences of those with historically marginalized identities have frequently been distorted, constrained, or erased. These appropriations, misrepresentations, limitations, and silences must be acknowledged and redressed. One of the ways to do this is by empowering our patrons, complicating notions of authority, and working collaboratively to explore and create knowledge.
If you need research help or would like to schedule a Library Instruction session for one of your classes, please contact the Women's & Gender Studies Subject Specialist Dee Anna Phares at firstname.lastname@example.org or (815) 753-1770.