UMKC Libraries recognized with "Collaborative Excellence" Award at Lavender Graduate and Pride Awards Banquet, May 15, 2013
Awarded by the LGBTQIA Programs and Services office at UMKC, the award for collaborative excellence recognizes departments whose collaborative efforts have resulted in new or improved resources and services for LGBTQIA students, faculty, staff, or community members.
Jonathon Ta-Pryor, LGBTQIA Programs and Services coordinator shared the following quote provided by the Libraries' nominator:
“I have witnessed their commitment to creating an inclusive, respectful and caring community for students, staff, faculty and external constituent groups. The work of the library on many occasions has been quiet and subtle, but very important, particularly for LGBTQIA community members. The Libraries has an open environment where LGBTQIA staff are able to be out.
UMKC Libraries is also the home of the Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America – a partnership between the Kansas City Museum and the LaBudde Special Collections. To prioritize the housing of this collection of documents and artifacts reflecting the rich history of the Gay and Lesbian community again illustrates the value and commitment the Libraries hold for the representation of diverse perspectives and experiences.
In addition, this past March, the Library co-sponsored an exhibit “Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals, 1933-1945.” This amazing exhibit was housed in a central space in the Library and afforded a wonderful reception and press response headed by the Libraries. … I am continually impressed by the decisions administrators (of UMKC Libraries) make to ensure that they produce programs that create an inclusive environment. I use the word “decision” as I believe the work of the Libraries is intentional. The work of inclusion does not occur through happenstance – it must be undertaken with specificity and commitment and UMKC Libraries is doing just that.”
Bonnie Postlethwaite, Dean of Libraries, attended the ceremony and accept the award on the Libraries' behalf.