MHLS Mini Conference on Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI)

10/07/2022 @ 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Registration is open for the MHLS Mini Conference on Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) taking place Friday, October 7th, 2022, from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. This free online event will highlight trends and best practices in creating more inclusive and more equitable library spaces through keynotes from recognized leaders in EDI initiatives as well as panel discussions of practitioners from local MHLS member libraries.


Please register for each session you would like to attend. Certificates of attendance will be sent to participants after the event.


MORNING SESSION: 9:30 am – 12:15 pm | REGISTER

This morning session is designed for library board members, directors, and administrators, but all are welcome to attend. ????


  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Freddimir García, Co-Founder & Program Advisor for The Board Institute, Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress
  • Topic: Inclusive Leadership | Unmanaged Bias Limits Leadership
  • We will be taking an excursion to understand the practical practice of diversity, equity, and inclusion while also identifying the key elements of an inclusive leader as a board member. We will challenge ourselves to also recognize the power of our minds and together, discover the functions and impacts of bias in our approach to governance decisions and board recruitment.


  • PANEL DISCUSSION: Members of the Mid-Hudson Library System Board of Trustees EDI Working Group will share their experiences and resources developed over the last two years. Facilitated by MHLS Executive Director Rebekkah Smith Aldrich.



This afternoon session is designed for library staff and directors, but all are welcome to attend.

  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Maria Estrella, Founder of Young Diverse Readers
  • Topic: Flourishing Institutions: Best Practices for Inclusive and Equitable Library Spaces
  • It’s crucial for libraries to successfully foster and continue a culture where diversity, equity, and inclusion (EDI) are at the center of every library initiative. During this presentation, attendees will be introduced to basic EDI concepts, theories, and terminology key for establishing and continuing inclusive and equitable library spaces.
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: Gina Loprinzo, Brewster Public Library Director, Erik Brown, Racial Equity & Social Justice Committee Co-Chair, Desmond-Fish Public Library and Rhiannon Leo-Jameson, NorthEast Millerton Library Director will talk about their experiences in implementing practices and programs at the local level to help engage their communities in conversations around diversity and employing hiring practices to create a more inclusive and welcoming environment.