In response to President Schlissel’s call, the library has developed a strategic plan for diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility. Our plan aligns with the university’s process while at the same time acknowledging the library’s long history of engagement with these issues, as well as its unique role as a provider of a wide range of resources that must be as accessible as possible.
The strategic plan is built around long-term visionary goals adopted for each of the university’s four planning domains:
- Recruitment, retention and development: We will be a leader in the realm of research libraries as a place that attracts and retains a diverse workforce. This will be done through the programs we create to attract, develop and support this diverse workforce. In addition, we will bolster the campus diversity-focused recruitment and retention of students by serving as a support and resource.
- Education and scholarship: We will be the go-to resource for trusted and culturally inclusive information expertise and content, as well as research and technology support for the U-M community and beyond. We will grow and leverage a deep understanding of the creative power of the intersection of cultures, ways of thought, and academic disciplines.
- Equity, inclusion & accessibility: We will offer physical and virtual spaces that are welcoming to all of our constituencies will serve as a second academic “home” on campus for all students. We will also grow and leverage our capacity to advance inclusive and collaborative academic work to enhance the student experience.
- Service and leadership: We will provide services that meet each individual at the place from which they arrive--culturally, socially, and academically. Our leadership in diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility will be recognized by the campus and by our peer institutions, just as now they recognize our leadership and excellence in the realm of research libraries.
To learn more about the 2015-16 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility Strategic Plan and related initiatives and activities, contact Jeff Witt, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist.