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Update On Our Diversity Team

ImageIn 2016, UCI Libraries established a Diversity Team to serve as a catalyst to promote a culture of diversity and inclusive excellence within the Libraries. The team consists of library employees who volunteer their time and broadly represent various library departments.

In just eight months since its first team meeting, the following accomplishments and activities have taken place:

  • April - Small group created, within the team, to develop ways to share information and resources on diversity and inclusion with the campus and community.
  • May - Team Retreat coordinated to facilitate team-building efforts and planning.
  • June - Talk on Buddhism, Meditation, Mindfulness and the Workplace for library staff with guest speaker, Prany Sananikone, UCI Director of Diversity Relations & Educational Programs. The event was coordinated in partnership with another library group - Healthy Workplace Working Group.
  • June - Library employee blog and an online form for employee feedback is created to promote and engage employees in diversity and inclusive excellence efforts within the Libraries.
  • August - Several team members attended the National Diversity in Libraries Conference (NDLC) 2016 at UCLA.
  • September - Library employee program, Bridging the Gap, is revitalized in conjunction with Library Human Resources.
  • October - Team announces its first set of programming for fall/winter 2016-17; much of which includes training and engagement activities for library employees.

The Diversity Team is continually exploring new ideas for programming, training, and outreach activities to fulfill the Libraries' commitment to diversity and inclusion; as well as to share its resources and information on diversity with the campus and community.

You can learn more about the Libraries' commitment to diversity by reviewing the diversity statement here.

If you are interested in working with this team, or have questions, please contact Kathryn Kjaer, Head of Library Human Resources at kkjaer@uci.edu or (949) 824-8521.