Diversity & Equity 

One strand of my research focuses on issues of diversity and equity in youth literature, libraries, and education. I am currently researching authentic representations of race and culture in young adult speculative fiction. I have taught and presented on a variety of topics that address using diverse materials and teaching diverse and/or marginalized students. Below are a few examples of my work, resources on diversity in youth literature, and a list of my upcoming and past presentations.

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Dreaming in Color: Identifying Race and Ethnicity in YA Speculative Fiction Reviews

 

This study reports on what racial and ethnic diversity is present in current published YA speculative fiction and addresses issues found with racial and ethnic identification in two major trade review sources.

Finding Diverse Speculative Fiction 

This presentation on diversity in speculative fiction provides a brief overview of the diverse books movement and highlights data and findings from my recently published research study.

Diversity Resources 

A variety of sites and resources that promote diversity, highlight authors who are including diversity in their books, and provide spaces for conversations about the numerous issues surrounding diversity in youth literature.

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Spec Fic Picks: Recommended Titles

Coming Soon--Recommended speculative fiction titles portraying authentic representations of characters of color and native youth.

 

Presentations

 

”Level Up and Avoid the Kryptonite: Creating Collections for Nerds of Color.” to be presented at the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color, Albuquerque, NM, September 2018.

“Creating an Inclusive Classroom Library.” seminar  for pre-service teachers sponsored by Reich College of Education Teacher Education Professional Development, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, March 2018.

“Building Diverse Collections for K-12 Students.” webinar for NCLA Roundtable for Ethnic Minority Concerns, February 2018.

“Diverse Youth Literature: Finding and Evaluating Mirrors and Windows.” Invited Lecture for LIS 617 Materials for Children, UNC-G LIS Department, Greensboro, NC, November 2017

#WeNeedtoFindDiverseBooks.” to be presented at the 62nd Biennial North Carolina Library Association Conference, Winston Salem, NC, October 2017.

Is this the real life? Is this just Fantasy? Finding Characters of Color in Speculative Fiction.” to be presented at the North Carolina School Library Media Association 2017 Conference, Winston Salem, NC, October 2017.

"Finding Diversity in Speculative Fiction." North Carolina Curriculum Materials Association Summer Meeting, Buies Creek, NC, July 2017.

“Engaging Readers through Popular Youth Literature.” Training Program for ESL Teachers from Argentina sponsored by the Office of International Education and Development, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, January 2017. 

"Diverse Spec Fic Picks: Highlights from a study in progress." North Carolina Curriculum Materials Association Winter Meeting, Boiling Springs, NC, December 2016.

Literature Circles for English Language Learners: Reading, Writing, and Speaking Connections." International Research and Exchanges Board funded Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, September 2016.

Windows as Mirrors and Sliding Glass Doors: Using Children’s Literature to Guide Pre-service Teachers Toward a Better Understanding of Self” with Nora Vines and Allison Wilson. In Children’s Literature: Windows, Mirrors, and Sliding Glass Doors for Pre-service Teachers. Symposium presented at the Literacy Research Association Conference, Carlsbad, CA, December 2015.

Reader Engagement strategies for English Language Learners.” International Research and Exchanges Board funded Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, Multi-session workshop September 23, September 29, and October 5 2015.

Windows to the World: Resources for Children with Special Challenges” with Margaret Gregor. North Carolina Council for Exceptional Children North West Region Mini Drive-In Conference, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, November 2013.

Transforming the Education of Diverse Students: Learning Through Dialogue with the Next Generation of Librarians.” Panelist, 2nd National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color, Kansas City, MO, September 2012.  

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Where are the Librarians of Color?” with Rachel A. Smith, Cortney Barnes, Ronunda Claiborne, and Jennifer Patterson. North Carolina Library Association’s 59th Biennial Conference, Hickory, NC, October 2011.

For a complete list of my teaching, research, and presentations, please view my CV.