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Anti-Racism Assessment Working Group

Anti-Racism Assessment Working Group

The Anti-Racism Assessment Working Group (ARAWG) monitors the current progress on the Library’s Anti-Racism Action Plan and provides the framework and recommendations needed to further the progress toward these goals. ARAWG is also responsible for gathering and sharing information from groups involved in implementing the action plan and building transparency between library employees and administration.

King Library Anti-Racism Action Plan
Following the events after George Floyd's death in the summer of 2020, the SJSU King Library sought to develop an anti-racist culture and workplace. After various virtual DEI and anti-racism training sessions and discussions, library administration solicited employee input on improving library policies and fostering an anti-racist library workplace via an anonymous survey. The results from the survey came to be known as the Library's Anti-Racism Action Plan. ARAWG is one of two groups developed as a starting point to carry out the items on the Library’s Anti-Racism Action Plan.

Framework & Process

From Summer 2020 to Fall 2022, ARAWG created recommendations for developing an anti-racist workplace and library by using the input of library employees and adapting GRC Pundit's Improving Policies Through Metrics Framework.

Through an ongoing 10-week consensus process and conducting a 4-week voting timeline between the working group and the library, ARAWG was able to make progress on the Action Plan.
Anti- Racism (AR) & Diversity Equity Inclusion Access (DEIA) Framework

ARAWG Committee Members

Members of the ARAWG Committee volunteered for service in response to an open call made to SJSU King Library employees in April 2021.

2021 - 2022 Members

Adriana Poo
Adriana Poo (Co-chair)
Academic Liaison Librarian
(408) 808-2019
Neil Ordinario
Neil Ordinario (Co-chair)
Library Technology Coordinator
(408) 808-2370
Anamika Megwalu
Anamika Megwalu
Faculty Director of Library Instruction and Assessment
(408) 808-2089
Sharesly Rodriguez
Sharesly Rodriguez
UX Librarian
(408) 808-2655
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Sharon Thompson
Student Technology Training Coordinator
(408) 808-2017
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Sylvia Ruiz
Executive Assistant to the Dean
(408) 808-2107
Christina Mune
Christina Mune (Administration)
Associate Dean of Innovation & Resource Management
(408) 808-2046
Melissa Chu
Melissa Chu (Administrative Assistant)
Assistant to the Library Associate Deans
(408) 808-2445

Past Members

  • Erika Johnson, Institutional Repository & Digital Scholarship Coordinator, 2021 - 2022
  • Lesley Seacrist, Project & Communications Analyst, 2021 - 2022
  • Justin Villena, Student Computing & Media Services Coordinator, 2021 - 2022
  • DeeAnn Tran, Senior Assistant Librarian, 2021 - 2022
  • Karen Schlesser, Resources and Analytics, 2021 - 2022

Coming Soon! Recommendations & Accountability Dashboard

Our future ARAWG Dashboard will track the progress of the SJSU King Library to implement recommendations on the following six key areas:

  1. Budget
  2. Leadership
  3. Recruitment
  4. Retention
  5. Security
  6. Student Assistants

The next committee will be charged to prioritize and provide next steps.

Updated 10/27/2022

Stay Tuned! Our Recommendations and Accountability Dashboard is coming soon!