Antiracism Transformation Team

“Diversity across all aspects of organizational life” —A Kalamazoo Public Library Core Value 


Kalamazoo Public Library envisions itself as an institution that will consider antiracism in all of its decision-making and actions, and has made the commitment to long-term antiracism work through the formation of an Antiracism Transformation Team.

By the authority of the KPL Board of Trustees, this team will provide leadership, direction, and coordination of antiracism work by investigating and recommending revisions to external and internal policies and procedures, addressing internal commitment, and supporting and engaging staff and the community in building an antiracist identity and culture for the institution.

Join the KPL Antiracism Transformation Team

Applications are available for individuals interested in becoming a part of this team. The team will undergo 10 days of instruction and skill-building related to understanding systemic racism, identifying internal barriers and strategic planning. Members will be asked to dedicate themselves to antiracism work within our institution for a minimum of three years.

Download the Application PDF

Please send your application to:

  • Kalamazoo Public Library
  • Attn: Terry New
  • 315 S. Rose St.
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49007
  • Phone 269-553-7931 | Email
  • Applications are due by Friday, February 14th, 2014.


Members of the Antiracism Team will possess a combination of skills, qualities, and cultural backgrounds that will ensure the successful implementation of the process, and they will dedicate themselves to continuing progress in antiracism work within the institution for at least a three-year period.

The process is a long one and demands that team members clearly communicate objectives and maintain trust and confidence among all members. 

The following are essential abilities for team members:

  1. Diversity: The team will be composed of approximately 8 to 10 members of diverse cultural, racial, gender, and age groups, and will need to represent the Kalamazoo community and KPL within all levels of the organization from hourly to salaried staff to management.
  2. Define: Ability to understand the concept of institutional racism as defined by the PDTF and antiracism team, apply it to the inner workings of KPL as it functions, and to analyze and confront racism within the organization.
  3. Self-Reflection: Ability to address one’s own personal prejudices and participation in perpetuating racism.
  4. Strategy: ability to create, analyze, and evaluate strategies to determine the most effective methods for combating racism within the institution.
  5. Skills: Possess skills to help move antiracism planning forward, such as grant writing, time management, communication, empathy, and other necessary qualities.
  6. Team Work: Ability to lead groups, to understand group dynamics, and to work as a member of a team.
  7. Listen: Ability to listen actively, creatively, and reflectively. In order to work together and promote a sense of trust and camaraderie, this ability is necessary so that members can share personal experience and feel heard and supported.
  8. Commitment: Willingness to dedicate significant time to the cause for at least an initial three-year commitment.