Community and Communication:
Dialogue on American Racism - Past, Present & Future

Date: Wednesday September 16, 2020
Time: 2 – 3 p.m. EST

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The webinar series kicks off with a discussion of the cultural barriers that hamper many Americans from seeing how race and racism function in the United States, and explore strategies for breaking down those barriers and promoting greater racial equity and inclusivity among native-born and new Americans alike.


Andrew P. Jackson (Sekou Molefi Baako)

Mr. Andrew Jackson is an Activist librarian, library consultant/advisor, and award-winning published author and essayist. Among his awards and honors, Andrew was a recipient of the 1999 BCALA Library Advocacy Award; Queens Public Library’s Lamplighter of the Year Award; 2007 BCALA Professional Development Award; 2011 NYLA Outstanding Service to Libraries Award; 2012  BCALA/DEMCO Award for Excellence in Librarianship, and BCALA’s 2013 Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation. 
Recognized for his community service and extensive outreach. He presented black history talks with inmates on Rikers Island and other NYC correctional facilities over a 14-year period and served as a consultant/advisor to libraries in New York, North Carolina and Florida. Jackson also mentors’ numerous graduate students and young librarians across the country.
Today, Andrew is a member of Queens Library's Board of Trustees, and an adjunct instructor at York College CUNY in Black Studies and Queens College GSLIS in Libraries in a Multicultural Society.

Chenthu Jayachandiran (he, him, his)

Chenthu Jayachandiran is a 15 year veteran in the field of Higher Education Administration working to advance the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice agenda. An immigrant from Sri Lanka, Chenthu started his journey at the University of Wisconsin-Superior earning his Bachelor's degree in International Peace Studies and Legal Studies and his Master's degree in Higher Education Counseling. After a stint at Western Washington University in Student Affairs he began his Doctoral work in Communication Studies at the University of Iowa. As a critical cultural scholar his research examines every-day conversations about race and ethnicity. In his most recent work at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute he was responsible for overall strategy for the support of minoritized communities and the overall cultural education of the student population. As the newly appointed Director of the Cultural Center and Spiritual Life at the University of Denver he hopes to continue his advocacy, support and education work.

Cost & Registration:

There is no cost to attend any or all sessions in the Combating Racism webinar series. The Public Library Section of NYLA has elected to sponsor this series, making it accessible to all. Beginning on August 18, 2020 registration will be open through the NYLA Online Membership Center.

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