Year of Learning

March 2022 | Optical Allyship


The Performative Nature of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


The Performative Nature of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

This presentation will briefly discuss how diversity, equity and inclusion or DEI/EDI reinforce and sustain the very systems DEI is purported to change. In this webinar the presenter will examine optical allyship, how it harms as much as it hopes to help, and offer an alternative framework to approach the work of anti-racism in libraries. This webinar will not be recorded.


Thu, March 31, 2022

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM


Once a month, a knowledgeable moderator will guide a Zoom meetup for ULA members on the current month's topic.

At this meetup, we'll be discussing the performative nature of EDI, or optical allyship. This happens when everyone seems to be talking about EDI, but initiatives don't seem to be moving forward. Why does this happen and what can be done about it? We'll also discuss what we learned from Sofia Leung's webinar on the performative nature of EDI. This discussion will not be recorded.

All year long, ULA members are invited to participate in an open, ongoing discussion in the #edi channel in ULA's Slack workspace. Ask questions, share thoughts, and record your participation in the monthly Take Action challenge. Join the discussion.


Libraries Respond: White Allyship

Allyship, Anti-Oppression, & Inclusive Libraries

Janet Stovall: Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace


Practice effective allyship at your library.

Challenge: Have a conversation with colleagues or staff about allyship and your library’s values.

Post about what you did in the Slack discussion.


Merrily Cannon
 801-715-6769 or 800-662-9150 (Utah Toll-Free)