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Sunday, August 4 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
307 - Building New "Traditions": Advocating for Diversity and Inclusion at Texas A&M University Special Collections and Archives

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Texas A&M University is generally perceived as a conservative environment, with limited diversity. Cushing Memorial Library and Archives plays an important role in changing campus culture, advocating for diverse and inclusive collections, teaching, and programming. This session highlights: the work of Cushing archivists focusing on LGBTQ+ collections; working with diverse patrons; the "The Stars Are Ours": Infinite Diversities in Science Fiction and Fantasy exhibition; and working with campus units to improve climate. Through our work, we challenge traditional positions of privilege and power.

Dr. Francesca Marini: Introduction/LGBTQ+ Collections at the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives
Greg Bailey: LGTBQ Collections in the University Archives
Jeremy Brett: "The Stars Are Ours": Infinite Diversities in Science Fiction and Fantasy Exhibition
Jennifer Reibenspies-Stadler: Breaking Down Walls: Diverse Researchers in Archives and Special Collections
Leslie J. Winter: Fostering Diversity: Libraries, Archives, and Academia

Moderator: Dr. Francesca Marini

Facilitators
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Francesca Marini

Associate Professor, Programming and Outreach Librarian, Texas A&M University
Dr. Francesca Marini is Associate Professor at the Texas A&M University Libraries; her duties focus on outreach and programming for the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives. She is also the Coordinator of the Libraries Diversity Residency program.

Speakers
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Jeremy Brett

Curator of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Research Collection, Texas A&M University
Jeremy Brett is an Associate Professor and the Processing Archivist, as well as Curator of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Research Collection, at Cushing Memorial Library & Archives, Texas A&M University.
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Greg Bailey

University Archivist, Texas A&M University
Greg Bailey is the University Archivist and Clements Curator at Texas A&M University. He serves on the SAA?s College and University Archives Section Steering Committee, and the Mentoring Sub-Committee.
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Jennifer Reibenspies-Stadler

Texas A&M University Libraries, Cushing Memorial Library and Archives
I have six years experience as a reference staff member in the reading room at Cushing Memorial Library and archives. I am also a certified archivist who works with patron research, outreach, and dabbles in processing archival collections.
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Leslie J. Winter

Instructional Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University Libraries
Leslie J. Winter is a Rare Books Librarian heads public services at Cushing Memorial Library and Archives. She has a MA in Art History, and a background in studio art.


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