Improving Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Scholarly Publications: A Panel Discussion

Sponsored by ProQuest
Recorded on 06/10/2021

Posted in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility (DEIA)

How can we ensure equitable representation of all scholars in library collections?


As a community, how can we work together to ensure equitable representation of all scholars in library collections? Our upcoming discussion with experts in this area will tackle the challenges of and solutions for improving diversity and inclusion in research materials and scholarly publications. 

Panel members include:

  • Dr. Lady J, Director of Programming, Education & Outreach at Studio West 117 and dissertation author on transgender and LGBTQ+ performance history
  • Parneshia Jones, Director of Northwestern University Press 
  • Roberto C. Delgadillo, Student Services Librarian at University of California-Davis
  • Salman Hussain, a graduate student in history and anthropology at the University of Michigan

From this session, participants will come away with a better understanding of:

  • Perspectives of academic authors, researchers and publishers working to provide more diverse and inclusive representation in scholarly works
  • How to work with vendors to incorporate these resources into collections and curricula
  • How to help library users discover and access scholarly works from diverse viewpoints and identities
  • Why doing so is critical for the success of students and researchers in every discipline


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    Dr. Lady J

    Director of Programming, Education & OutreachStudio West 117

    Dr. Lady J serves as the Director of Programming, Education & Outreach for Studio West 117, an LGBTQ+ hub for the Greater Cleveland area. She holds a doctorate in Musicology from Case Western Reserve University with a PhD dissertation on drag history. Her dissertation “From the Love Ball to RuPaul: The Mainstreaming of Drag in the 1990s” has been downloaded more than 1,000 times. Dr. Lady J is a working drag queen with a research and educational outreach focus on obliterating the erasures of queer performance from history and bringing forward the contributions drag performers have made to politics, music, film, fashion, and popular culture.

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    Parneshia Jones

    DirectorNorthwestern University Press 

    Parneshia Jones became Director of Northwestern University Press in 2020, previously serving as Editorial Director for Trade and Engagement at NUP, where her acquisitions have garnered some of the highest literary honors. She is the author of Vessel: Poems, winner of the Midwest Book Award and featured as one of “12 Books to Savor” by O, The Oprah Magazine. Named one of the “25 Writers to Watch” by the Guild Complex, her honors include the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Margaret Walker Short Story Award, and the Aquarius Press Legacy Award.

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    Roberto C. Delgadillo

    Student Services LibrarianUniversity of California-Davis

    Roberto C. Delgadillo is a Student Services Librarian with the Peter J. Shields Library at UC Davis, with responsibility for Chicana/o Studies, English Language and Literatures, Latin American Studies, Military Science, Native American Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures. He holds a BA in Modern German and Russian History from UC Santa Cruz, and a MLIS and a PhD in Modern Latin American History from UCLA. Delgadillo is a 2012 recipient of The New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.

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    Salman Adil Hussain

    Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology & HistoryUniversity of Michigan

    Salman Adil Hussain is a doctoral candidate at University of Michigan’s Anthropology and History program. His dissertation focuses on transnationalism, class, and small cities. He is an editor at the South Asian history blog, Chapati Mystery and is a contributing editor at American Anthropologist’s multimodal anthropologies section.