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Kevin McDonald, J.D., Ed.D. – Opening Keynote

Kevin McDonald is the University of Missouri System’s Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion officer, and the University of Missouri’s Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity.  He joined both organizations after serving as vice president and associate provost for diversity and inclusion at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).  

As a diversity and inclusion professional, McDonald has developed a significant track record of transformational contributions toward organizational equity, diversity, and inclusion goals. His efforts revolve around inextricably binding organizational pursuits of excellence with diversity and inclusion efforts. From access and success, to education and scholarship and institutional infrastructures, Dr. McDonald has worked collaboratively to create initiatives that positively impact policies, practices, and processes.

Prior to RIT, he held positions at several other universities, including as vice president for equity and inclusion at Virginia Tech, as associate director for compliance and conflict resolution at Johns Hopkins University, and as campus compliance officer at the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to his work in higher education, McDonald worked for the U.S. Department of Justice and for Network Solutions, Inc.

McDonald holds a law degree from The Ohio State University and a doctoral degree in higher education leadership from the University of Rochester. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich.

Loida Garcia-Febo, ALA President-Elect – Closing Keynote

Loida Garcia-Febo is an international library consultant, researcher and expert on topics such as human rights, advocacy and services to multicultural populations. She is currently acting as the President-Elect of the American Library Association.

Garcia-Febo has served communities as academic, public, school, and special librarian in Puerto Rico and Queens. She is President of Information New Wave, an international NGO seeking to enhance the education of ethnically diverse communities. She has taught in 20 countries, and has advocated on behalf of libraries at the United Nations, US Congress, NYC City Hall, NY State Senate, and on streets and sidewalks of New York.

Keynote Title
Stronger Together: Libraries Building Communities, Providing Access, and Saving Lives