This pre-conference workshop will be beneficial to participants looking to develop their own cultural sensitivities and gain new perspectives, skills and tools to be more culturally competent in the workplace and beyond. Participants must be open to examining their inherent biases and reflect as part of workshop activities. Small group interaction is expected in banquet-style seating.

When: Wednesday February 20, 2019, 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Where: Conference Hotel, Frisco/Burlington

Cost: $60.00 per person

Limited to 65 attendees.

The pre-conference workshop will consist of two mini workshops. The expectations and outcomes for the two workshops are as follows:

Workshop 1: The Science of Unconscious Bias & Its Professional Implications

Participants will

  • Learn about unconscious bias
  • Discuss implications on professional judgment and the professional environment
  • Review strategies and resources to further identify unconscious biases and reduce their impacts

Participants will have an increased capacity to recognize biases and prevent or reduce unintended consequences in order to create a more inclusive organization climate.

Workshop 2: Understanding Our Privilege and Its Impact

Participants will

  • Learn how to define privilege and power
  • Learn how to identify their own privilege and the power and privileges that exist generally
  • Explore how privilege and the power structures impact themselves, others and society

Participants will have an increased understanding of how privilege impacts our individual, institutional and structural systems and learn how to advocate and support those who do not hold power and privilege.

Workshop presenters:

Dr. Makini L. King, Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, University of Missouri Kansas-City, is a licensed counseling psychologist and provides leadership to diversity programs and initiatives as outlined in the UMKC Diversity Strategic Plan. King also teaches adjunct for the Counseling Psychology Department at UMKC and provides clinical supervision for their students. Over the years she has presented on and published articles and chapters on topics related to diversity in secondary and higher education and social media.

Ms. Lona Davenport, Diversity Program Coordinator, University of Missouri Kansas-City, currently serves as the Diversity Program Coordinator within the UMKC Division of Diversity and Inclusion, and coordinates and facilitates diversity programs and initiatives between the division and campus community. Davenport holds an M.A. in Counseling, Rehabilitation, and Student Development with an emphasis in Student Development in Post-Secondary Education.

Questions? Email organizers below.


Treshani Perera

Music and Fine Arts Cataloging Librarian

University of Kentucky Libraries


Sandy Rodriguez

Head of Digital Archives & Stewardship

University of Missouri Kansas City




Non-members: If you are planning to only attend this pre-conference workshop and not the MLA Annual Conference, you must create a profile and log into the MLA website in order to register. 

In the registration form, under “Attendee Selections”, select “08-Conference 2019 Not Registering (Use to purchase other items)”, then look further down the page for “Pre-Conference Workshop 2019: Cultural Competency for Librarians ($60.00)”, enter quantity (1, for self), and click “Save and Finalize Registration”. 

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