Black History Month
Black History Month - Diversity Dialogues Book Salon
About the Panelists:
Dr. Teresa Y. Neely (her, hers, she) was born and raised in York, SC, and is Professor of librarianship, assessment librarian, and special assistant to the Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the College of University Libraries and Learning Science (College) at the University of New Mexico (UNM). Neely provides leadership and planning for assessment in the College including implementing DEI initiatives; and is the author/co-editor of seven books and conference proceedings, numerous scholarly and peer-reviewed articles, and other academic works. Her most recent publications include In our own voices, redux: The faces of librarianship today (Rowman & Littlefield 2018), co-edited with Jorge Ricardo López-McKnight; and “I am my hair, and my hair is me: #Blackgirlmagic in LIS,” in Pushing the margins: Women of color and intersectionality in LIS (Chou & Pho 2018), the 2019 winner of the ACRL women and gender studies section award for significant Achievement in Women and Gender Studies Librarianship. Her most recent presentation, “The Doubling of Oppressions: Sexism and Racism in LIS,” was a panel presentation at the 2020 American Library Association. Neely received her MLS and PhD degrees in library and information science (LIS) from the University of Pittsburgh, and her research and scholarly interests include diversity and leadership in librarianship, 19th century banking practices and procedures, user designed data sets (Native American and African American hip-hop lyrics), digital humanities and text analysis, assessment in research libraries and higher education, and spaces for people and paper in academic libraries.
Dr. Margie Montañez (her, hers, she) is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections in the College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Montañez is responsible for curating the U.S. Latinx and Latin American general and special collections. She manages post-custodial archival collections that bridge the north-south information divide, assists in expanding Latin American collections, and contributes to transnational digital humanities projects. As a cultural studies scholar housed in the library, her scholarship focuses on Chicano/a Cultural Production, U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, and Digital Humanities.
Dr. Eric Castillo (he, him, él) is a second-generation Chicano and a first-generation college graduate from San Antonio, Tejas. He brings a groundswell of expertise in critical race theory, social justice education, and higher education administration. Dr. Castillo shares his time building organizational capacity for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) efforts. As Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer for Alamo Colleges District, he is currently building relationships and strategic initiatives across the organization to strengthen and accelerate its readiness for positive and sustainable change. As a community organizer and educator, Dr. Castillo helped lead various local, state, and national efforts on undocumented student college access, education equity, and voter education. Key accomplishments include creating a resource guide for undocumented students, developing a faculty and staff of color network, creating a JEDI program planning strategy for a 6-campus community college district, instituting diversity and leadership student programs and conferences, launching a national immigrant rights campaign from California to DC, and achieving pay equity for adjunct faculty.
Ms. Brandi Wells-Stone (her, hers, she) works as the Director of African American Student Services (AASS) at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and serves as Special Advisor to the President on African American Affairs. AASS is a retention office for Black students at the UNM. Her passion is supporting Black students’ academic, leadership, and identity development through Black Culture Center spaces. Brandi received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and her Master's in Public Administration from UNM and is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration. Brandi is an active member in her community and a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., a historically African American sorority within the Divine Nine.
Ms. Nikhat Ghouse (her, hers, she) is an Associate Librarian for the Social Sciences and Coordinator for the Diversity Alliance Residency Program at American University (AU). Ms. Ghouse is also an organization development consultant on change management, organizational and leadership development, and diversity initiatives through her firm Jehan Consulting. Nikhat received her Master of Science in Organization Development from AU, her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh, and her Bachelor of Arts in History from Cleveland State University.