Diversity ≠ Equity & Inclusion: Institutional Strategies for Diverse Communities



Level of Experience


Target Audience

Academic Librarians, General Librarianship, and Public Librarians

Session Description 

Diversity alone does not ensure inclusion and equity. A public and academic library in the diverse city of North Miami collaborated on this session to highlight our historic and contemporary approaches to equity and inclusion. Attendees will leave with measurable goals and creative, cost effective strategies.


Paul Bazile, North Miami Public Library
Paul Bazile was born in Haiti and migrated to the United States in 2000. In 2019, Paul graduated with a Master of Library & Information Science degree from the University of South Florida. He received a Bachelor’s in Public Administration from Florida International University in 2018. Paul has worked at the North Miami Public Library for over 6 years in the positions of library aide 1, library aide 2, librarian trainee, and now as a librarian. His responsibilities include overseeing library programs, social media, marketing, and a library liaison for many committees within the city of North Miami.

Jade Kastel, Johnson & Wales University
Jade Kastel is a reference and instruction librarian at Johnson & Wales University in North Miami. She will graduate with an MLIS from the University of South Florida in Spring of 2020. Jade has a Master of Music degree from the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University and a Bachelor of Music degree from Concordia College. In 2019, she participated in the Institute of Jazz Studies Archives Fellowship at Rutgers University.


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