Building Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (EDI) Capacity ($)


Anthony Wilson, Alison Spehar, Andrea Villanueva, Deanna Romriell


Leading organizational equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) efforts requires a nuanced understanding of EDI – how to balance the organization’s needs as you navigate various dynamics, identities, and perspectives. Organizations must consider organizational and individual capacity before embarking on the EDI Journey to create a workplace of equity, diversity, and belonging that is sustainable in the long term. The Building EDI Capacity workshop works with leaders to help them build capacity around EDI dialogue, holding space, and avoiding burnout.

Registration Fees

  • $179 Core Member & Utah Library Association Member
  • $219 ALA Member
  • $279 Non-Member
  • $159 Student/Retired/Seeking Employment/International

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Oct 13 2022


9:00 am - 4:00 pm




Salt Lake City Public Library
210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111


  • Allison Spehar
    Allison Spehar
    Director of Equity and Organizational Development, Salt Lake City Public Library

    Allison currently serves as the Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at The City Library. She empowers those she leads to think expansively and daringly engage in reflective learning to generate lasting and equitable institutional change. Allison brings together people from all backgrounds to investigate how who we are as individuals informs the culture and health of a community and focuses on the boundless effect that connection, embodiment, community, and knowledge of self can have on life. Allison holds a BFA in Modern Dance and an MEd in Education, Culture, and Society from the University of Utah. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees connect a love of embodied research with a passion for justice and equity work. Allison is invested in the health and wellbeing of all bodies, organizations, and systems toward a future of radical self-love.

  • Andrea Villanueva
    Andrea Villanueva
    Public Services Director, Columbus Metropolitan Library

    Andrea Villanueva is a Public Services Director at the Columbus Metropolitan Library in Columbus, Ohio where she oversees the organizational policies and strategies for the Public Services sector for the Columbus community. Andrea is a first-generation U.S. born citizen raised in Merritt Island, Florida by her Peruvian parents. Andrea has worked in libraries for over 20 years and has worked in the nonprofit community of Columbus for the last 5 years. She received her Master’s degree in Library Science from Florida State University with a BS in Psychology. Andrea developed a strong sense of devotion for the nonprofit sector as a young girl growing up with immigrant parents. This experience gave her a deep appreciation for how nonprofits seek to improve the quality of life of the people of their communities.

  • Anthony Wilson
    Anthony Wilson
    Chief Diversity Officer, Columbus Metropolitan Library

    Anthony Wilson is Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for the Columbus Metropolitan Library system. Previously he served as the Assistant Chief of Police for the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police and retired from law enforcement in 2018. Prior to working at the Westerville Police Department, Anthony spent 25 years with the Columbus Police Department. During his time at the Columbus Police Department, he achieved the rank of sergeant and served in various capacities such as Hostage Negotiator, Internal Affairs investigator, Patrol supervisor, Cultural Diversity Trainer, and Minority Recruitment supervisor. He earned a BA in leadership and ministry from Ohio Christian University, an MA in Human Services from Liberty University, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

  • Deanna Romriell
    Deanna Romriell
    Lead Service Coordinator, Salt Lake City Public Library

    Deanna has worked in libraries for over 20 years as a Children’s Librarian, Manager, and Children’s Services Coordinator. She is currently filling an interim role as the Lead Service Coordinator for the Salt Lake City Public Library. She has been active in ALA and ALSC throughout the years, serving on the 2012 Caldecott and 2020 Newbery Committees among other assignments.

  • Laura Simonds
    Laura Simonds
    Director of Collection Services, Columbus Metropolitan Library

    Laura Simonds is the Director of Collection Services at the Columbus Metropolitan Library in Columbus, Ohio where she leads the Technical Services, Outreach, and School Delivery teams. Laura has worked in libraries for 25 years and has worked in public libraries with a focus on collection for the past 21 years. She received her Master’s degree in Library Science from Kent State University with a BA in History from The Ohio State University. Laura has a passion for collection and believes that libraries should represent their communities via collection, display, and programming offerings that are as diverse as the customers we serve.

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