Minority Teachers: Expectations, Experiences, and Exultations (A1)

Date/Time: Sunday, July 16, 2017: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Coordinator/Moderator: Raquel Gabriel, CUNY School of Law Library
Speakers: Anne Robbins, University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign; Sherri Thomas, University of New Mexico Law Library; Ronald Wheeler, Boston University

Track: Teaching

Faculty of color have documented the challenges they have faced to be recognized as voices of authority in the classroom and among their peers in the legal academy. Librarians who identify with visible and invisible minority groups face these issues, too, especially as they move into the classroom and navigate the particular culture of their institution. What strategies and techniques have been helpful as librarians from diverse backgrounds endeavor to become excellent teachers? What support and advice is most valued as they become more visible within a law school or the curriculum? Geared toward sharing personal observations, this session aims to highlight ways that teaching can be a challenging, but ultimately rewarding, experience for all librarians.

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