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Anti-Racism Assessment & Advocacy Committee

Anti-Racism Dashboard

Our dashboard tracks the progress of the SJSU King Library in implementing recommendations on the following six key areas:

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


Committee Membership

Members of the ARAAC volunteered for service in response to an open call made to SJSU King Library employees.

ARAAC stands for the Anti-Racism & Assessment Committee (ARAAC). This committee, which was formed in Summer 2023 was created by and continues the work of the Anti-Racism & Assessment Working Group (ARAWG) which started in Summer of 2020 and sunsetted Spring 2023.

The committee monitors the current progress on the Library’s Anti-Racism Action Plan and provides the framework and recommendations needed to further progress toward these goals and posts updates to the dashboard.

ARAAC is also responsible for gathering and sharing information from groups involved in implementing the action plan and building transparency between library employees and administration.

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.

ARAAC Committee Members

Adriana Poo
Adriana Poo (Co-chair)
Academic Liaison Librarian
(408) 808-2019
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Sharon Thompson (Co-Chair)
Student Technology Training Coordinator
(408) 808-2017
Neil Ordinario
Neil Ordinario
Library Technology Coordinator
(408) 808-2370
Ann Agee
Ann Agee
Library Faculty Chair
(408) 808-2033
Sharesly Rodriguez
Sharesly Rodriguez
UX Librarian
(408) 808-2655
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Essy Barroso-Ramirez
Subject Librarian
(408) 808-2315
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
  • Anamika Megwalu, Faculty Director of Library Instruction and Assessment 2021-2023
  • Sylvia Ruiz, Executive Assistant to the Dean 2021-2023
  • 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

Past Co-Chairs/ Chairs 

  • Neil Ordinario (Co-chair), Library Technology Coordinator (2021-2023)