Gerald (Jerry) Perry

A Fireside Chat: Fostering a Diverse and Inclusive Collaborative Culture -
11:00 am 10/14/2019
Apache/Cochise, Tucson Convention Center

While ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ is often used as a singular term, they are two separate pieces to the process, two sides of the same coin. As organizations and groups strive to incorporate diversity and inclusion into their work, it is valuable to recognize the long term benefits for institutions: improved problem solving skills, innovation, and expansion of the talent pool. At this fireside chat, our speakers will discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion in collaborative group settings, best practices around building an inclusive culture in group environments, and what we can do as individuals to encourage our organizations to commit to diversity and inclusion not only on paper, but more importantly, in practice.

Jerry is Associate Dean for the University of Arizona Libraries (UAL), and Director of the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library (UAHSL). As Associate Dean, Jerry is a member of the Dean’s Working Group which provides executive leadership oversight of UAL. He is responsible for coordinating assessment efforts across the UAL system, and for the Libraries’ diversity and inclusion efforts. As Director of UAHSL, Jerry provides leadership of that Library in the UAL system; UAHSL serves the University of Arizona Health Sciences Campus, including colleges of medicine, nursing, public health and pharmacy. Jerry has over 30 years’ experience as a health sciences librarian and has been active in the Medical Library Association, serving as President (2011-2012). He presently serves as Secretary/Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL)