Chair, Roundtable for Ethnic Minority Concerns (REMCo), North Carolina Library Association
REMCo is a roundtable that strives to serve and give voice to underrepresented ethnic minority groups. As the current chair and past vice-chair and co-director, I have helped to organize, moderate, and host a variety of programs for librarians and community members. Below are some of the programs REMCo has offered:
Vice-President/President-Elect, North Carolina Curriculum Materials Center Association
The NC Curriculum Materials Center Association is a state organization that brings together librarians working in CMC’s across North Carolina. There are currently 26 CMCs offering resources and support to teacher education programs and public schools in North Carolina. As current vice-president and former secretary, I help to plan and provide programming for our fall and spring meetings. In these meetings we present on and discuss a variety of topics including education trends, NC legislation, textbooks, open education resources, emerging k-12 technologies, instructional strategies, research projects, and more.
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) Reviewer
VOYA is a trade review journal that publishes articles and book reviews for individuals who serve young adults. I have been a fiction reviewer for four years. I enjoy reviewing for VOYA and it helps to strengthen my literature evaluation skills. As a diverse reviewer, I particularly try to note depictions of diversity, characters of color, and native youth.
Appalachian Allies Member & Open Door Commitment
As an Appalachian Allies member, I have training in providing support and an open and inclusive environment to members of the LGBTQIA community. As a participant in the Open Door program, I have committed to accepting, appreciating, and valuing ALL people regardless of their religion, sexuality, race, gender identity, or ability.
Appalachian Children's Literature Symposium
For our library's biennial symposium, we invite children and young adult authors to Appalachian State University to provide programming to local schools and professional development to teachers and librarians. Through this program we have reached 100’s of Western NC K-12 students and provided them with the opportunity to engage with authors they read and admire. As a committee member, I contact authors, coordinate school visits with principals, and help organize the professional development symposium. Current and past speakers have included Alan Gratz, Allan Wolf, Heather Bouwman, Donna Washington, Kathryn Erskine, Joseph Bruchac, Joseph Bathanti, Poetry Alive, Edie Hemingway, and Deborah Wiles.
University & Community Reading Programs
With the help of a university faculty member, I restarted a reading program for athletes and first generation college students. The students come to our CMC to read to children from our Child Development Center. I also volunteer in community reading programs as an elementary and middle school Battle of the Books judge and Read Across America volunteer reader.
AppKids Volunteer Shopper
AppKids is a university program that provides low-income K-12 students with the opportunity to shop with a volunteer for a day to buy clothing and other items for the winter. As a volunteer, I get to spend a day with local students to help them buy things they need, eat all the pizza they desire, and splurge on something special they want. It's a great opportunity to get to know more students in the community and to support them.
Humans Vs Zombies
Our Humans vs. Zombies event was funded by a library grant I wrote with two colleagues. We hosted the event to help show students that the library can be a fun and engaging community space. We expected around 100 university students and over 500 came. It was a great success!
For a complete list of my service and professional memberships, please view my CV.