FAU's President John Kelly said to all members of the FAU community in this message:
"Ranked among the most racially and ethnically diverse institutions in the country, FAU’s commitment to diversity does not stop at the make-up of our student body. We recognize that in order to dismantle systemic discrimination we must take actions to ensure our students, faculty and staff have the opportunities, support and resources necessary to succeed in their academic and professional lives. We also recognize that eradicating racism requires developing responsible citizens by examining the ways power and privilege affect society and by developing pathways to meaningful, positive and lasting change."
Libraries are by principle committed to diversity.
Libraries in North America are committed to building collections and designing services that meet the needs of all people from all backgrounds. This is especially true of academic libraries which have the added responsibility of building collections that support a wide array of academic programs. We are committed to principles of inclusion and diversity through our professional associations, such as the American Library Association (ALA). The Library Bill of Rights specifies that collections, services, and spaces should serve all members of the community and that "Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues." ALA's Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services provides resources, policies, and guidelines for all libraries to utilize in meeting the broad and varied needs of their communities.
Enhance the libraries' leadership role in promoting diversity and inclusion for the Libraries' patrons and staff.
This strategic goal from the original 2016 Libraries strategic plan and reinforced in October 2019 in our new strategic plan for 2020-2023 was followed by the establishment of the Libraries Diversity and Inclusion Committee in 2016. We invite you to click below to learn more about the libraries' ongoing efforts to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Diversity and Inclusion Statement
Diversity is a fundamental value of the FAU Libraries and an integral part of our strategic plan. We seek and provide opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. Our appreciation and dedication for diversity allows us to serve our community with sensitivity and adaptability. We define diversity to include race, sex, gender identity, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, and religion.
We also recognize inequity can accompany diversity. We acknowledge that providing all users with the same level of resources and support is not necessarily an issue of equal access. Our goal of removing barriers that might impede or discourage access and engagement is as important as providing information across space and time to our users.
- Erase Hate Initiative
Erase Hate is the FAU Libraries' initiative to embrace diversity and inspire inclusion by focusing efforts on 4 major areas: programs, exhibitions, partnerships, and staff training.
- Dean's Musings
Often addressing diversity, Dean's Musings is a blog featuring writing and announcements about libraries and higher education by FAU Dean of Libraries, Carol Hixson.
- Diversity Burrow
On October 12, 2018, we opened the Diversity Burrow on the first floor of the Wimberly Library. The Burrow houses a small diversity book collection of a few hundred books. The collection's purpose is to provide a quick, deep dive into the variety of perspectives and life experiences that are represented in our general collection. Students looking for more books on a topic, can use the call numbers on the books to guide them to similar ones in the general collection upstairs.
- Next Chapter Book Club
Faculty and staff from the MacArthur Campus Library in Jupiter partner with the FAU Academy for Community Inclusion to host a book club for college students with intellectual disabilities. Beginning in 2016, this group has continued to grow and was forced to meet in bigger spaces across campus. Each session is a compilation of reading, game playing, and education activities. At the end of the semester, the group has a social activity to celebrate their hard work before gearing up for their next great read.