• 2013 Diversity Celebration_1 (L-R and T-B: Peggy Daub, Ye Li, Michael McLean, Sunny Smith, Kate Saylor, Darlene Nicols, Deirdre Spencer, Jeff Pearson, Scott Martin, Alex Rivera, Stephen Griffes, Gabriel Duque, Nick Lobaito
  • 2013 Diversity Celebration_2 (L-R and T-B: Ye Li, Peggy Daub, Kate Saylor, Stephen Griffes, Nick Lobaito, Darlene Nichols, Deirdre Spencer, Scott Martin, Bob Camp
  • 2012 Diversity Celebration (left to right and top to bottom): Darlene Nichols, Noah Meeks, Scott Martin, Ye Li, Deirdre Spencer, Walter Slater, Peggy Daub, Gabriel Duque, Steve Griffes, Jeff Pearson, Alex Rivera, Jamaine Wourman.  Not in photo: Bob Campe, Melissa Levine
  • 2010 Diversity Celebration (L-R): Shevon Desai, Martin Knott, Bob Campe, Jamaine Wourman, Walter Slater, Noah Meeks, Mary Sexton, Sue Wortman, Jeffrey Martin, Chris Butchart-Bailey, Donna McCauley, Charles Ransom, Janet Crayne. Missing: Karen Downing
  • 2009 Diversity Celebration (L-R): Tom Hubbard, Annette Haines, Chuck Ransom, Karen Downing, Bob Campe, Nicole Scholtz, Donna McCauley, Jeff Martin, Shevon Desai, Janet Crayne, Sinilga Wang. Missing: Renoir Gaither and Martin Knott.
2013 Diversity Celebration_1 (L-R and T-B: Peggy Daub, Ye Li, Michael McLean, Sunny Smith, Kate Saylor, Darlene Nicols, Deirdre Spencer, Jeff Pearson, Scott Martin, Alex Rivera, Stephen Griffes, Gabriel Duque, Nick Lobaito

Library Diversity Council

Mission of the Library Diversity Council

The Library Diversity Council is dedicated to provide leadership to the staff of the University of Michigan Library by promoting understanding in various areas of diversity, and to collaborate with members of the campus and the community to bridge individual and collective experiences; to serve as an advisory group to the library administration, reporting on diversity programs and on staff and patron concerns; and to lead in the creation and implementation of diversity activities.

For information on upcoming meetings, please go to our Events page.

Visit our Blog Diversity in Libraries.

Diversity Means All of Us

To create a welcoming and respectful environment and organizational culture within the library, we must not assume that people who have characteristics different than our own necessarily have the same needs, experiences, and points of view that we do. At the same time, we must not make the assumption that "they" are all the same.

Therefore, we must expand our definition of diversity to include all of us. This requires a different mindset, one where the emphasis is on how we as individuals can all contribute to a diverse workplace.

Issues of Equity

Having stated the above, we must recognize that not everyone faces the same consequences for their diversity. We cannot forget that issues of difference are closely tied to issues of power and discrimination. Issues of equity are inseparable from issues of diversity. Individuals are judged by how they fit into the characteristics outlined above. We must remember that equality will require effort, resources and commitments to both structural change and continuing education.

Diversity is not just about numbers. It requires profound structural and cultural change. We will not succeed in creating a truly diverse environment until every individual feels valued and respected, and that their point of view and experiences are important to the workings of the organization.

University Library

February 1996

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