Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at U of I Library

The University of Idaho “welcomes and respects all people. Diversity and inclusion are the core of our community and we embrace them as our guiding principles” (University of Idaho Diversity and Inclusion Statement).

The University of Idaho Library affirms these values and is committed to actively welcoming, centering, and prioritizing diverse perspectives and experiences - including those from historically marginalized backgrounds - in our services, programs, spaces, and workforce.

University of Idaho Class of 1899, including first African American student to graduate from the U of I, Jennie Eva Hughes Smith

University of Idaho Library personnel work to recognize the explicit and implicit biases which prevent us from providing the services, collections, programs, and safe spaces that reflect and promote the diverse environment that we strive to create. We individually and collectively take decisive action to engage in addressing and counteracting our personal and organizational biases.

The University of Idaho Library defines diversity, equity, and inclusion as the following:

  • Diversity: The University of Idaho Library acknowledges and welcomes the presences of differences. We are committed to taking decisive actions to eliminate discrimination, marginalization, and exclusion based on differences in race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, ability, neurotype, religion, national origin, military status, height, weight, language, and political perspective.
  • Equity: The University of Idaho Library takes decisive actions to ensure that all Library users have the tools, services, resources, and safe spaces they need to be successful, regardless of background, status, beliefs, or identity.
  • Inclusion: The University of Idaho Library takes decisive actions to promote an inclusive, respectful, and safe environment by listening and responding to the needs of our Library users and Library personnel. We define inclusion as an environment where all members of our University and broader community - especially those from historically marginalized backgrounds - feel valued, respected, safe, and welcome.

For more information, please see our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion resources and Land Acknowledgement information.


U of I Library DEI Committee

The Library’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee is charged with overseeing efforts in the Library that lead to concrete progress in the areas of justice, diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

At the start of each new academic year (July), the Chair and the Dean or their designee will determine a committee agenda for the year which includes at least one specific area of focus with associated deliverables. This agenda should be crafted to maximize the impact of the committee’s work.

Additionally, the committee will:

  • create and implement plans for continuous improvement of library diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts;
  • serve as a resource to library personnel in the evaluation of existing and emerging programs and services in the library framework through the lens of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion;
  • provide support and coaching for library personnel using DEI Questions for Reflection and Analysis to evaluate services and programs;
  • pursue proactive and integrated opportunities for collaborative programming; and
  • develop and integrate other tasks or opportunities for meaningful justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in response to local or national movements.

Committee Membership

Membership on the committee consists of six individuals that represent all library departments (see list below). Both faculty and staff are eligible and encouraged to serve on this committee. All appointments are made by the Dean or the Dean’s designee.

  • User & Research Services (two positions)
  • Technical Services
  • Data & Digital Services
  • Special Collections & Archives
  • At-large (any area)

Terms are renewable staggered two-year appointments that start and end on July 1 each year. The committee chooses the chair or co-chairs who is/are responsible for convening meetings, setting agendas, and regularly communicating with library leadership and all library employees. While the chair(s) can be either faculty or staff, the duties of that position will typically more aligned with faculty responsibilities.

With the permission of the dean, the committee may form short-term taskforce(s) which include individuals not on the DEI Committee in order to complete specific well-defined tasks.


Feedback

Is there more the Library can do to make you feel welcome, safe, valued, and respected? Do you have suggestions for workshops or DEI-focused projects? Please fill out our Feedback Form.