Twanna Hodge, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Librarian at the University of Florida (recently departed to continue her studies at University of Maryland)
1) Tell us about your work in your library…? My work included the development of a comprehensive and strategic DEI program, which incorporates helping the UF Libraries’ team members recognize, understand, value, and embrace their differences as crucial to their communal work. Furthermore, I worked to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in their work through consultations and advising, supporting the work of the campus Chief Diversity Office through impactful engagement and collaboration with other Campus Diversity Liaisons (CDL), creating and facilitating trainings, partnering with the Libraries’ Human Resources office and hiring authorities to integrate best practices into recruitment processes, selection, and onboarding for positions within the Libraries, serving as an ex-officio member and supporting the work of the Libraries’ Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Committee, conducting outreach and research, pursuing professional development opportunities, and more.
2) What attracted you to this role? I was attracted to this role for its opportunities to use my experiences, knowledge, and skills to make a positive difference and lead the work of further embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion in an academic/research library.
3) How have you been involved with ASERL? I was involved with ASERL since 2020 through the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce, as a member of the Retention and Diversity Residency groups. Additionally, I served as a moderator for some of ASERL’s webinar series, such as “Why I Left the Library Profession” and “Timely Talks with Leaders.” Lastly, I served as a part of the organizing group for the new ASERL BIPOC Community Sessions.
4) What parts of your job/volunteering with ASERL do you find most rewarding? The most rewarding parts of my job and volunteering with ASERL have been helping people develop and grow their knowledge, skill set, ability, and confidence with diversity, equity, and inclusion. It’s also been learning and collaborating with folks, identifying and working to dismantle the institutional, structural, and systematic isms and phobias that uphold oppression, inequities, and white supremacy culture—shifting from awareness to action and advocacy. Additionally, I enjoy creating safe spaces for BIPOC folks and facilitating webinars/training that help create educational spaces where honest, uncomfortable, painful conversations can occur with steps towards healing.
5) What’s one great thing that most people don’t know about you? I love anime, manga, and reading fanfiction. My gateway anime is Sailor Moon, and I am currently watching Spy × Family, along with many others