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Centering WOU’s BIPOC Voices: A Moment in History Project

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At the beginning of 2022, the Hamersly Library applied for, and was awarded a grant from the American Library Association (ALA) for the purpose of a service and outreach project targeting underserved communities. In partnership with the WOU Freedom Center, Hamersly Library has developed the 'Centering WOU’s BIPOC Voices: A Moment in History' project, with the intent to:

  • Hold a series of listening sessions that center the voices of BIPOC and historically marginalized students, faculty, staff, and community members.
  • Provide a platform for BIPOC and historically marginalized students, faculty and staff to share their thoughts, ideas and experiences in their natural or native language or communication style.
  • Capture the stories and experiences of BIPOC and historically marginalized WOU community members for historical and educational purposes, and for inclusion in the WOU Archives.

Several key factors were determined as primary motivators for this project, including the impact of COVID-19 on our university population, the hard work of BIPOC voices to be heard on campus, the creation of the WOU Freedom Center, and the recognition of systemic racism issues which persist in our local community (see Sincerely: Dear Western Oregon University)

Centering WOU’s BIPOC Voices: A Moment in History listening sessions will be conducted:

  • Round 1: May 23rd through June 16th, 2022 @ Hamersly Library
  • Round 2: June 20th through July 15th @ Hamersly Library

    • Each session will be in a private space
    • Each participant will receive a $50.00 gift card
    • Participation counts towards AES requirements

If you are interested in participating in this project, please fill out an interest form, or email LAI Dean, Chelle Batchelor at for more information.

If you would like to request disability related accommodation(s) to participate in a WOU activity, please notify Disability Services (ODS) at 503-838-8250 or at least three (3) business days in advance. For ASL interpreting, Typewell transcribing, or captioning services please complete the request form.

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