LaKeshia Darden (she/her) uses narratives of the varied experiences of marginalized communities to build one’s cultural competence of the select marginalized group. LaKeshia primarily specializes in building one’s cultural competence of the Black experience but provides DEI training via narrative theory for increasing one’s awareness and cultural understanding of other peoples, ethnic, or cultural experiences. Her research focuses on using children’s literature as a diversity training tool with adults.
LaKeshia obtained her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Fayetteville State University; Master of Library Science from North Carolina Central University; and a Bachelor of Science in English from Fayetteville State University. Her experience includes academic librarianship, adjunct professor, and lecturer. LaKeshia served on ALA’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Assembly (2020-2022). She is a member of BCALA and a member of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Community. LaKeshia served on the Coretta Scott King Book Awards jury (2017-2019) and served as the Chair during 2019-2021. LaKeshia provides DEI training for libraries, K-12 schools, colleges/universities, and special interest groups.
Keywords = Collection Development, Library Policy Review, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Children’s Literature, Higher Education, Professional Development
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