Diversity Events


The Library Diversity Council (LDC) sponsors many events, ranging from the annual Diversity Celebration to a variety of speakers, panel presentations, film screenings, discussion groups and more. We also hold regular meetings on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.  All library staff are welcome to attend meetings. In addition, the calendar below also featrues selected diversity events on campus and in our community.


For additional events related to diversity at the University of Michigan, please see the Diversity Matters At Michigan Events Calendar.

Recent Past Events

Diversity Celebration on May 11th

Wednesday, May 11th in the Library Gallery (Hatcher Room 100), 2:00-4:00 PM for this year’s diversity celebration, Where Are You From?, we took the opportunity to appreciate the diversity of the Library Staff.  Aside from some really great food we had different activities to give people a better understanding of the many different heritages represented by our colleagues.

LDC Book Group Brownbag - Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa

When: Thursday May 5th 12-1     Where: Turkish American Friendship Room

Film and discussion brown bag: Children in No Man’s Land
"the story of Maria de Jesus (13) and her cousin Rene (12) as they attempt to cross the [Mexican-American Border Region] alone to reunite with their mothers in the Midwest. Focusing on minors crossing through the Sonora Desert area in Nogales, Arizona, this film explores every detail of these children's journey as well as the journeys of other children we meet on the way"
The discussion will be lead by Dr. Evans Young, Assistant Dean, LSA Undergraduate Education.


When: March 23rd, at 11:45am                  Where: Turkish American Friendship Room on the 4th Floor of the UGL

2011 MLibrary MLK Presentation: Having to Think - Dr. King's Call for Critical Thinking


When: Monday, January 17th 2011, 2:30 - 4    Where: Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom.

MLibrary welcomes Dr. Bertice Berry, an award-winning entertainer, lecturer and comedian. Growing up in Wilmington, Delaware, the sixth of seven children, Bertice was told by a high-school teacher that she was "not college material." She went on to graduate magna cum laude from Jacksonville University in Florida, and eventually earned a Ph. D. in Sociology from Kent State University, all by the age of 26. More information at http://www.lib.umich.edu/mlk


LDC Book Group Brownbag - War Dances by Sherman Alexis

When: Thursday January 13th 2011, 12-1      Where: Turkish American Friendship Room


Library Diversity Committee Brownbag Discussion: The role of ICE in Immigration

When: Thursday December 9, 12-1        Where: Gallery Classroom

For the next event in the Library Diversity Committee's ongoing programming on immigration, we have invited a representative from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Detroit to come talk with us about their role and perceptions of local immigration issues. This will be an informal conversation with an opportunity for questions.


What are the Local Immigration Issues? What are the Root Causes of What's Happening in our Community?

When: Tuesday October 12, 2010    Where: Room 806 Hatcher Graduate Library

Join us for a talk given by Laura Sanders, adjunct lecturer in the School of Social Work. She is co-founder of the Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights.

Diversity Committee Elections 2010 - We need YOU!

  • May 12th-May26th:  Nominate yourself or someone else for a 3 year membership on the committee by sending a message to ldc-lib@umich.edu.
  • We will need a short statement of interest from all candidates; in addition, the election ballot will include Drupal profile photo (if available) and a link to the nominee's profile
  • There are 4 open positions on the committee
  • Election will be open June 1st-11th



Join us on Wednesday, May 12th in the Library Gallery from 2:00 - 4:00 pm for a A Breach of Good Manners:  90 Years of Women’s Suffrage. We will take the opportunity to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote.  Take a look back at voting and election history, enjoy good food and the company of your colleagues, and consider running for a spot on the Library Diversity Committee yourself (our own elections will be coming up soon).  And for those of you who have been attending Diversity Passport events, it’s time to pick up your prize!  We hope to see you all there!

2010 MLK Symposium (additional events sponsored by departments across campus)


Feb 5, 2010: Screening of Storm Reading, followed by Q&A with Neil Marcus.

  • Where: Shapiro Library Screening Room (Room 2160),
  • When: Feb 5th, Noon-1:30 PM

March 17, 2010: Amreeka (Arabic for America), a film that traces the life of a single mother with her teenage son as they relocate from the West bank to Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. Written and directed by Cherien Dabis, starring Nisreen Faour and Melkar Muallem. Discussion after the film led by Carol Bardenstein, Dept of Near Eastern Studies.  NOTE: the date for this program was changed from 3/18 to 3/17.

  • Where: Shapiro Library Screening Room (Room 2160),
  • When:  March 17th, 7:00-10:00 PM

Generational Diversity in the Workplace

Presenters: Jennifer Peattie and Sophia Guevara, both with the Kellogg Foundation
Monday, November 9th, 1:30-3:00 PM in the Library Gallery





LDC Book Group Brownbag - Breath: A Lifetime in the Rhythm of an Iron Lung by Martha Mason


When: Thursday March 3rd 2011, 12-1      Where: Turkish American Friendship Room


Bright Circle - Movie Screening and Introduction by Producers Russ Bolinger and Shawn Kakuk

When: Wednesday February 9, 5:30-7:00 pm       Where: Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery in Room 100

Bright Circle explores the history of Native American Indians’ participation and achievement in athletics. The 19th century saw the founding of “Indian Schools” – boarding schools that brought Native American children together from many different tribes, most often against their will.  The objective was assimilation.  The motto was,  “Kill the Indian, Save the Man.”  In addition to the insistence on removal of tribal customs and conventions, the “Indian Schools” focused their male population on sports, particularly football.  Unintentionally, these institutions produced some of the best athletes and teams of the late 19th and early 20th century.  Jim Thorpe, honored as the Greatest Athlete of the 20th century, is one example. Members of his family appear in the film. More information at http://www.lib.umich.edu/gallery/events/bright-circle


Council Meetings:  

Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.

All meetings are from 1:30-3:00 in Room 818 conference room (Hatcher South), unless otherwise stated.


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