Minutes: OIC Meeting (April 28, 2021, 7:00 pm)

Present: Kristi Hale (chair), Judy Cook, Jeremy Newport, Sam Dorf, Healy Jackson, Leigh Ann Fulford, Madeline Iseli, Roger Crum, Dan Turben, Kyle Ramey


Excused: Norbert Klopsch


New Business

  • Welcome: Kristi Hale welcomed members and offered opening words and introduced the standing committees and some of the library resources.

  • Madeline Iseli introduced Michael Carter, Senior Advisor to the President and Chief Diversity Officer at Sinclair Community College.

  • Remarks by Michael Carter, Senior Advisor to the President and Chief Diversity Officer at Sinclair Community College.

  • Viewing of “The Danger of a Single Story,” TED Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  • Breakout Rooms

  • Michael Carter facilitated a group discussion and heard reports from the small groups:

  • Topics that arose included: how differences are emphasized. What is Oakwood’s “single story.”

  • Members’ individual stories were shared as well as strategies for conversation.

  • What stories DON’T we hear? Whose stories don’t you hear in a group?

  • Being mindful of cultural taxation and the hidden labor of being an outsider.

  • Closing: Leigh Ann Fulford shared that the OIC Summer Big Read will be Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste. Copies of the book will be available at the Wright Memorial Library. There will also be a new OIC logo and branding package. Next meeting will be Wednesday, July 28th at 7pm.

Meeting adjourned at 8:36pm

Respectfully submitted, Sam Dorf