Keynote Speaker: Nisha Mody

Title: How Can We Foster “Access Intimacy” and Slow Down?: Reflections from COVID-19

Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. CT


COVID-19 was a global event that caused various degrees of trauma for everyone. For some of us, it forced us to slow down, at least temporarily, and question how we juggle work, wellness, and the rest of our lives. It has been documented that a “sense of urgency” is a characteristic of white supremacy culture and capitalism, yet slowing down feels so challenging due to internal and external forces. In this talk, Nisha will introduce “Access Intimacy”, a term coined by Mia Mingus, a transformative justice and disability justice writer and advocate, and discuss how we can integrate this concept with the people we work with, patrons, and ourselves in order to care for each other, slow down, and navigate returning to work in the midst of COVID-19.


Nisha Mody, MLIS, MA CCC-SLP (she/her) is a Feminist Healing Coach, Writer, and Librarian. She worked as a Health & Life Sciences Librarian, serving as liaison to the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and as the Associate Director of the Network of the National Library of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region. Prior to entering librarianship, Nisha worked as a speech-language pathologist with children and adults. Throughout her work, Nisha has consistently valued connection, compassion, curiosity, storytelling, and justice, all of which led her to becoming a healing coach with a trauma-informed approach. She teaches and talks about imagining and incorporating trauma-informed practices in libraries and in our everyday lives, centering the ways systems of oppression and intergenerational trauma affect us deeply. Nisha coaches people individually and in groups, and you can find out more about her at [] and on Instagram @healinghypegirl [].