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The Reluctant Leader: Conquering stereotypes, imposter syndrome and rising to new heights

Nov 18, 2022

Stereotypes of gender, race, and culture often prevent BIPOC employees from rising to positions of leadership. Alanna and Elaina will explore the role of their upbringing as BIPOC women, their intersectional identities, and their reluctance of, and eventual taking on of leadership roles. Insight and advice will be offered to other hesitant leaders and/or those who may not see themselves as leaders at all. The panel will include interactive elements through polling and sharing of attendees’ own experiences with leadership (and reluctance).

Alanna is the Sociology, Ethnic Studies, and Critical Gender Studies Librarian at the University of California, San Diego, where she works with diverse students and faculty to support research and collection needs. She is the Executive Director of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association and a member of ALA Council. Alanna has served on advisory groups, including the ALA Task Force for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI), the ALA Committee on Diversity (Chair), the Steering Committee for the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color II, and is a Past President of the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association and a 2003 Spectrum Scholar. Her research interests include EDI and social justice in the profession, microaggressions, intersectionality, LGBTQ+ identity, and mentoring. A frequent consultant, trainer, and facilitator, Moore has worked with library organizations and social justice-centered non-profits to create more inclusive and equitable organizations