Gloria Tibbs, UMKC librarian, has been named a White House “Champion of Change.” She is one of 12 museum and library professionals from across the country who participated in panel discussions at the White House June 11.
According to the White House announcement, the Champions event focused on libraries and museums “[that] make a difference for their neighborhoods and for our nation. The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature groups of Americans – individuals, businesses and organizations – who are doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.”
Tibbs is the second person with UMKC ties to be recognized as a Champion of Change. UMKC alumnus Riddhiman Das, a 2012 graduate of UMKC, was one of 12 immigrant entrepreneurs honored on May 29.
Tibbs is a Teaching and Learning Services Librarian at UMKC’s Miller Nichols Library, where she has worked since 2001. She also serves as the Library’s Diversity Liaison, a role that enables her to diligently promote the principles of diversity, inclusiveness, and respect throughout the Libraries, the campus, the greater Kansas City community, and the profession. Tibbs spearheaded efforts to bring the African-American Read-In to UMKC, beginning in 2010.
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Congratulations to Gloria for this honor!