On behalf of the BCLA Board and staff, I’m happy to share that BCLA will be working with The Commons Consulting, led by Adeline Huynh, as we strive to become an anti-racist organization. We were fortunate to have many excellent responses to our call for proposals, and felt Adeline and her Collaborators had the necessary experience, approach, and flexibility to best meet the needs of BCLA.
The Commons Consulting is built upon decades of experience in justice, equity, diversity, inclusion (JEDI) and anti-racism work in multiple sectors and settings. They seek to weave together strategic and innovative thinking more meaningfully with principles of reciprocity, collaboration and transparency.
The Board was drawn to the Commons Consulting’s recognition of the need to address the tension between traditional approaches to EDI work and the work of Truth and Reconciliation, as well as the need to deeply consider intersections of identity to build responses that capture the complexities of our identities and realities.
We’ll share more information and opportunities to engage as we move forward in the coming months. If you’re attending the BC Library Conference, we encourage you to take the opportunity to hear Adeline speak as the Thursday morning keynote on April 21.
We look forward to working together to build a foundation for BCLA’s anti-racism work.
British Columbia Library Association