CALA Annual 2021 Presidential Program: Libraries as Catalysts for Serving Diverse Communities


CALA Annual 2021 Presidential Program: Libraries as Catalysts for Serving Diverse Communities


What do you know about race, art, civil rights, and the socio-political forces that guided the hip-hop generation? Have you heard of the Building a Pipeline of Community Connection that helps to build a staffing model that fosters diversity, equity and inclusion? Do you want to learn how to develop a diverse and inclusive environment through recruitment, HR practices, and professional development activities? The three panelists of this presentation will provide insights to the above questions.
Ozioma Aloziem Ozioma (Ozy) Aloziem is an Igbo scholar situated at the intersection of multiple ways of knowing. Originally raised on Omaha land (occupied Omaha, NE), she has been a visitor on Arapaho, Cheyenne and Ute territories (occupied Denver, CO) since 2015. Ozy is the Denver Public Library's first Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Manager. She is also leading the Building A Pipeline of Community Connection, DPL's grant project examining equity in the library workforce funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services. In addition to her role at DPL, Ozy serves as a racial equity & racial healing consultant for several organizations across the nation. She is also a proud member of the Palm Wine Collective, a Black femme-led collaborative curating creative spaces, and content for Black collective healing. Ozy is a social work scholar that is deeply committed to collective liberation and social justice. As a critical Black feminist, she prioritizes racial and gender equity in her scholarship and activism. She uses this focus to amplify voices of marginalized communities that are left on the fringes of academic research, public policy and global conversation. She has been the lead researcher for several projects in multiple countries and has presented at countless research conferences in various disciplines. Ozy received her MSW from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work in 2019, where, among several other prestigious awards, she was awarded the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work’s Jean Peart Sinnock award- the highest honor given to a graduating social work student, for her antiracist research and advocacy.
Jeff Chang Jeff Chang’s first book Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, named one of the best nonfiction books of the last quarter century. A revised Young Adult edition of the book—co-written with legendary hip-hop journalist Dave “Davey D” Cook—was published in 2021. His other books include Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop, Who We Be: A Cultural History of Race in Post Civil Rights America), and We Gon' Be Alright: Notes On Race and Resegregation. In May 2019, he and director Bao Nguyen created a four-episode digital series adaptation of the latter for PBS Indie Lens Storycast. Jeff is featured in the PBS documentary series, Asian Americans. Recently he helped to write the Cultural New Deal alongside a number of artists and culture bearers. A national leader in narrative and cultural strategy, Jeff co-founded CultureStr/ke and ColorLines. He was named by The Utne Reader as one of "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" and by KQED as an Asian Pacific American Local Hero. He has been a USA Ford Fellow in Literature, a winner of the Asian American Literary Award, and was named to the Frederick Douglass 200.
Christina Gola Christina H. Gola is the Director of Human Resources & Organizational Development at the University of Houston Libraries where she focuses on organizational effectiveness, human resources, employee development, recruitment and onboarding. She works closely with members across the organization to ensure equity and inclusion practices are incorporated into these areas. Christina’s professional interests include serving as a leader and mentor within state and national associations to advance EDI and advocate for policies and practices that advance the work of all types of libraries. She served as President of the Texas Library Association in 2020-2021, and was a Fellow in the 2018-2019 Association of Research Libraries Leadership Fellows Program.


Aloziem, Ozioma
Chang, Jeff
Gola, Christina



American Library Association
Chinese American Librarians Association




Gao, Wenli


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Aloziem, Ozioma, Chang, Jeff, and Gola, Christina, “CALA Annual 2021 Presidential Program: Libraries as Catalysts for Serving Diverse Communities,” CALASYS - CALA Academic Resources & Repository System, accessed June 13, 2024,