Kristin Lansdown to serve as national advisor for the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Great Stories Club

Photo of Kristin LansdownKristin Lansdown, 2017-2018 Spectrum Scholar, has been selected as one of eight National Advisors to the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Great Stories Club (TRHT GSC). This program will engage 5,000 underserved young adults in transformative reading/discussion and racial healing programming. The TRHT GSC National Advisory Committee convenes leaders from the fields of librarianship, the public humanities, community dialogue and engagement, and racial healing — leaders whose participation and feedback will be crucial to the success of this project.

"The advisor position excites me because one of my passions as a school counselor is the holistic development of marginalized youth," said Lansdown. "As a librarian, I plan to implement programs like the Great Stories Club, using literature to facilitate transformative conversations for children and adolescents similar to a grief processing bibliotherapy group I designed during my internship. Much of the way young people of color experience racial trauma may be reflected in the behaviors for which they’ve been labeled and deemed at-risk."

Kristin Lansdown is a current MS/LIS student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, via the LEEP program. She obtained her B.A. from DePaul University in psychology with a focus on human development and women/gender studies with a focus on race and class. She recently completed her Master of Education, also at DePaul University, with a focus in school counseling and is a licensed professional school counselor in the state of Illinois. She has served as a Summer Acceleration Counselor Mentor with Chicago Public Schools, a grant-funded position that provided social emotional support for students who cycled out of elementary school due to age as they transitioned into high school. From 2010 to 2017 she worked as a Circulation Student Supervisor at the DePaul Richardson Library and from 2014 to 2017, as a Community Outreach Peer Guide with the Center for Access and Attainment at DePaul University. Currently, Kristin is the Library Associate for Adult Fiction at Oak Lawn Public Library. She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated.

Supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and offered as part of ALA’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion focus, the TRHT GSC seeks to bridge divides and help bring equity and healing to our teen participants, who frequently face personal challenges such as incarceration, addiction, academic probation, poverty, and homelessness. TRHT GSC brings together librarians, humanities scholars, racial healing practitioners, and others to develop and implement a literature-based library programming model for underserved, under-resourced, and at-risk young adults. Over 30 months, 125 libraries will be selected through a competitive application process to host programs in their communities.

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