News from the Dean: All are Welcome at the UMKC Libraries

All are welcome here at the UMKC Libraries.

We offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed and injured by the horrific violence committed by white supremacists in Charlottesville.

The UMKC Libraries denounce such hatred and bigotry.  Alongside the American Library Association, “we condemn any form of intimidation or discrimination based on culture, ethnicity, gender, nationality, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Our differences should be celebrated, and mutual respect and understanding should serve as the norms within our society.”

And we stand with the UMKC Administration when they say:

We can rise above hate and bigotry. We can be confident that humanity is better than this. A university, as a community of learners in service to humanity, is uniquely positioned to model the better side of human nature and lead society to a fuller realization of it.

As part of the larger university learning community, UMKC librarians counteract intolerance, discrimination, and hatred by teaching critical thinking skills, identifying authoritative facts on which to base decisions and opinions, preserving history so we learn from its lessons, facilitating opportunities to engage in open dialogue, and promoting reading that presents diverse perspectives. We are a resource within the university to build an inclusive community of respect and mutual understanding.

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 racism, 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.

All are welcome here at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and its libraries.

 

--Dean of Libraries, Bonnie Postlethwaite