Since the national election on Nov.8, many people have experienced incidents of bigotry, discrimination, and bullying. As Dean of the UMKC Libraries, I stand with our Chancellor and Provost in cherishing the academic freedom to explore the pursuit of knowledge, in dedicating ourselves to free and civil exchange of ideas to seek understanding, and being committed to providing a place that is welcoming and inclusive to all and where all can feel safe and respected.
I also join the American Library Association in their statements:
“Our core values as an association are clear—free access, intellectual freedom, privacy and confidentiality. We will stand for these values unwaveringly, now and into the future.”
"Our nation’s libraries serve all community members, including people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and the most vulnerable in our communities, offering services and educational resources that transform communities, open minds and promote inclusion and diversity."
The UMKC Libraries reaffirm our commitment to diversity, inclusion, equality, and intellectual freedom and to the promotion of cultural understanding through our work. We will stand firm in the face of any threat to our shared values and will continue to serve as an inclusive and welcoming place for all in our community.
If you experience any incidents of bigotry, discrimination, or bullying in the libraries, let us know at any service desk, call 816-235-1526, text 816-656-2898, or call campus police at 816-235-1515 if there is an emergency.