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Tuesday, November 10 • 2:00pm - 2:55pm
Opening a Space and Place for #WOCinOER: Stories, Experiences, and Narratives

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Open Educational Resources (OER) adoption in higher education institutions has grown exponentially in the last ten years. While a great deal of focus is on the benefits of OER to students (affordability and access) and faculty (agency and freedom), less attention is given to those doing the work to implement and manage these projects. Across many institutional OER programs, the person leading and managing these initiatives tend to be women and librarians who do not necessarily have this role as their sole responsibility. It relies on the passion and energy of the librarian OER champion to grow the initiative and yet, their efforts are largely hidden and sometimes invisible. As a result, burnout ensues alongside feelings of being undervalued and unsupported for the hard work that they do.

As women of color (WOC) leading open education programs in our institutions, this interactive discussion will provide a space where other WOC could share their experiences, stories, and narratives that for the most part, have remained hidden and unheard. While the open education community espouses openness, diversity, equity, and inclusion, #WOCinOER are still underrepresented in leadership and in the community writ large. Our hope is that our stories bring about change rooted in solidarity through our shared experiences as #WOCinOER.

Participants will crowdsource and share ideas for creating a manifesto of what #WOCinOER want to see in a truly inclusive, equitable, and transformative open education:
- What is it like to navigate spaces steeped in whiteness and racism?
- How do we increase participation and amplify voices of #WOCinOER?
- What would an inclusive, equitable, empowering, and affirming environment look like for women of color (WOC) leading open education initiatives?

Learning Outcomes:
1. Share and/or actively listen to counterstories around OER work as/from women of color.
2. Share and contextualize their own lived experience as WOC in OER with other participants within the dominant narrative.
3. Question existing OER infrastructure and strategize for an inclusive and transformative open education community.

The session Jamboard will be available through the end of day Friday and will be hosted on the Michigan State University institutional repository: http://bit.ly/WOCinOER

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Ariana Santiago

Head of Open Education Services, University of Houston
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Cynthia Mari Orozco

OER + Equity Librarian, East Los Angeles College
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Regina Gong

OER & Student Success Librarian, Michigan State University
Regina Gong is the Open Educational Resources (OER) & Student Success Librarian at Michigan State University (MSU) Libraries. In her role at MSU, Regina leads and oversees the OER program including the OER award and the OER publishing services. She also facilitates the Open Pedagogy... Read More →

Tuesday November 10, 2020 2:00pm - 2:55pm EST
Concurrent 1
  Social Justice, Interactive Discussion