Preparation Workshop for New Racial Healing Circle Practitioners: Participants

The following library workers and educators have been selected to participate in the Preparation Workshop for New Racial Healing Circle Practitioners, which will take place in Chicago, Illinois on March 21-22, 2019. This workshop is being offered by the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation logoThe Preparation Workshop is being offered as part of Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT), the Kellogg Foundation’s comprehensive, national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism. TRHT seeks to unearth and jettison the deeply held, and often unconscious, beliefs created by racism – the main one being the belief in a “hierarchy of human value.” ALA is one of the 100 voluntary National Partner Organizations, along with 44 scholars, that participated in the 2016 TRHT design phase. More information about the Kellogg Foundation's TRHT efforts and a downloadable copy of the TRHT Implementation Guidebook are available online at

Read the full workshop guidelines.

Workshop participants

Shahadah Abdul-Rashid, Community Initiatives Specialist, Free Library of Philadelphia (Pa.)

Annette Alvarado, Reference & Instruction Librarian, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Ill.

Elkid Alvarez, Community Engagement Specialist, Kenosha (Wis.) Public Library

Chalida Anusasananan, Teacher Librarian, Everett Middle School, San Francisco, Calif.

Wini Ashooh, Teen Specialist Librarian, Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Stafford, Va.

Terry Barksdale, Head Librarian, Cypress Creek Campus, Austin (Texas) Community College

Joslyn Bowling Dixon, Assistant Library Director, Prince William (Va.) Public Library System

Tommy Bui, Teen Librarian, Inglewood (Calif.) Public Library

Vanessa Centeno, Youth Services Librarian, Sacramento (Calif.) Public Library

Suzette Chang, Executive Director, City of Guthrie, Okla.

Tiffanie Claude, Human Resources - Talent Acquistion, New York (N.Y.) Public Library

Rose Dawson, Executive Director, Alexandria (Va.) Library

Nick Demske, Community Resources Librarian, Racine (Wis.) Public Library

Anthony Dunbar, Adult Services Librarian, White Oak Library District, Riverdale, Ill.

Isabel Duque, Librarian, Miami Dade College, Miami, Fla.

Catherine Fonseca, Outreach & Inclusion Librarian, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, Calif.

Laura Giacobbe, Public Services Librarian, New Brunswick (N.J.) Theological Seminary

Fae Giffen, Youth Librarian, Fresno County (Calif.) Public Library

Xan Goodman, Health Sciences Librarian, Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Sharmen Gowens, Chief Development Officer, YWCA of Greater Atlanta, Ga.

Angela Hartman, Librarian for Secondary Campuses, Hutto (Texas) Independent School District

Ifeude Hill, School Librarian Media Specialist, Decatur (Ga.) High School

Kay Hones, Librarian, Civic Center Secondary, San Francisco, Calif.

Gypsy Houston, Library Specialist, Union County Public Library, Monroe, N.C.

Andrea Jamison, Diversity Fellow and Lecturer, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind.

Joquetta Johnson, Library Media Specialist, Baltimore County Public Schools, Randallstown, Md.

Laurel Johnson, Young Adult Services Supervisor, Skokie (Ill.) Public Library

Leighanne Law, Teacher-Librarian, Scriber Lake High School, Edmonds , Wash.

Maica Lelis, Library Associate, Saint Paul Public Library, Little Canada, Minn.

Veronica Leigh Milliner, Community Engagement Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Judith Rambow, Lead Librarian, Kalamazoo (Mich.) Public Library

Eva Rios-Alvarado, Student Equity & Outreach Librarian, Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, Calif.

Shawna Sherman, Librarian, San Francisco (Calif.) Public Library

Christina Shutt, Executive Director, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, Little Rock, Ark.

Emily Smith, Librarian, Hillsboro (Ore.) Public Library

Morgan Strickland, Library Associate, Saint Paul (Minn.) Public Library

Sharon Stroye, Director of Public Engagement, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University, Newark, N.J.

Johanna Ulloa Giron, Outreach Manager, Poudre River Public Library, Fort Collins, Colo.

Michele Villagran, Assistant Professor, San Jose State University, Alhambra, Calif.

Susan Wakefield, Youth Services Librarian, Anoka County Library, Blaine, Minn.

Ashleigh Williams, Editorial Assistant, School Library Journal, New York, N.Y.

Pang Yang, Project Manager, Saint Paul (Minn.) Public Library

Bean Yogi, Library Associate II, Seattle (Wash.) Public Library