What does it mean to be in solidarity with other Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color. (BIPOC)? This webinar will be a discussion of why solidarity is vital and what it might look for us to engage in it. As Asian/Pacific Americans, we benefit from a particular kind of proximity to whiteness. It can be especially easy for us to buy into the privilege that comes from that proximity and leave our fellow BIPOC to fight their own racial battles, not realizing that this is also our battle. We will explore some of the challenges and opportunities of joining in community with other BIPOC for a common cause: to destroy white supremacy.
Speaker: Sofia Leung (she/her) is a Chinese American librarian, facilitator, and educator working towards fulfilling the promise of social justice in libraries and higher education. She was most recently the Teaching and Learning Program Manager at the MIT Libraries. Sofia offers tailored workshops, trainings, consultations, coaching & collaborations that employ anti-racist, anti-oppressive frameworks. Her approach is holistic in nature and centers the context and audience needs. She strives to help mitigate some of the harm being inflicted on people with marginalized identities, recognizing that social justice is an ongoing project towards racial, economic, and social equity. Sofia is currently co-editing a book (with Jorge López-McKnight) on Critical Race Theory in Library and Information Studies to be published by the MIT Press in spring 2021. She holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science and a Master’s in Public Administration, both from the University of Washington in Seattle.