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Duke University Libraries Guiding Principle on Diversity

Diversity strengthens us: We rely on diverse opinions, backgrounds, and experiences to make better decisions and to invigorate our organization. We are inclusive, supportive, and respectful, ensuring that multiple points of view are heard and understood. We seek to reflect the diversity of our patron communities in our services, collections, staff, and spaces. We build, maintain, and provide access to an international and multilingual collection, representing the broadest possible spectrum of cultures, ideas, and information.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council Charge

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council (DivE-In) will strengthen relationships, skills, and analysis to promote constructive change within DUL. The Council will propose library-wide goals, devise strategies, make recommendations, and support education and training initiatives that address diversity, equity, and inclusion issues. Acknowledging that these issues are ever-evolving and that DUL are part of a much larger community, the Council will evaluate the Libraries’ strengths and challenges in these areas with the intention to further enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion. To be successful, this work must be collaborative and engage many different aspects and groups within DUL, demonstrating transparency. Recognizing that diversity initiatives must be embedded within the culture and practices of the Libraries to be truly transformational, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council will work in concert with the Executive Group, Library Human Resources, and appropriate departments and committees to meet its goals. 

Definitions

Diversity: recognizing the value of the perspectives of community members of varying backgrounds and identities including, but not limited to, culture, race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or geographic origin.

Equity: creating and supporting systems and behaviors that promote equality, fairness and justice.

Inclusion: creating an environment of equal access, belonging, respect, opportunity, and empowerment.

DivE-In Membership 2016-2018

  • Kimberly Burhop-Service, Director, Library Human Resources
  • Marta Conde, Catalog Librarian for French, Italian, and Digital Collections Resources
  • Ciara Healy, Librarian for Psychology and Neuroscience (co-chair)
  • Jack Hill, Repository DevOps Systems Analyst
  • Leah Kerr, Project Archivist, Rubenstein Library
  • Heidi Madden, Librarian for Western European Studies  
  • Laurin Penland, Technical Services Assistant, Rubenstein Library
  • Marvin Tillman, Head of Library Service Center
  • Kelly Wooten, Librarian, Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture (co-chair)

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