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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

Dean of Libraries

Message from the Dean of Libraries

In April 2018, I formed the University Libraries Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee to advance adherence to our values and our goals for a more inclusive, equitable and diverse place to work. The committee draws its membership from library employees who together reflect the range of diversity within our library. The committee has focused on many projects since its inception including:

  • Assisting the Dean with the annual review and updating the Libraries' Inclusive Excellence Plan.
  • Tracking the Libraries' initiatives, projects, programming, collections, and day-to-day interactions that reflect our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Creating the Everyday DEI blog where all library employees can share their reflections on daily decisions, processes, and structures in their work that they have changed that support equity and inclusion.
  • Creating the Lean In Together initiative where library employees can anonymously submit their personal experiences in the workplace that are instances of discrimination, microagression, systemic oppression, etc.
  • Planning the KC 2020 Unconference for library workers of color in the KC metro area.
  • Initiating the Ethical Descriptions Project to examine the state of descriptions in current catalog records and metadata of digital collections.
  • Reviewing library policies and procedures with an eye towards diversity, equity and inclusion as they are being reviewed and updated in the library.

The committee members have actively embraced their charge and their work is making a difference to the library employees and the library users. I am grateful to all of their hard work and the positive reception by others as we work to make the UMKC Libraries a welcoming and inclusive place for all.

Bonnie Postlethwaite
Dean of Libraries

UMKC DEI Committee Roster

2020 DEI Committee Members

Committee Sponsor

Bonnie Postlethwaite Bonnie Postlethwaite, Dean of Libraries

Committee Co-Chairs

Sandy Rodriguez Sandy Rodriguez, Associate Dean of Special Collections & Archives

Anthony LaBat Anthony LaBat, LaBudde Special Collections

Committee Members

Jason Alston Jason Alston, Teaching & Learning

Scott Curtis Scott Curtis, Scholarly Communications

Libby Hanssen Libby Hanssen, Music/Media

Tracey Hughes Tracey Hughes, Teaching & Learning

Garth Tardy Garth Tardy, Cataloging & Metadata Management

Gloria Tibbs Gloria Tibbs, Organizational Development Coordinator

Gail Williams Gail Williams, Interlibrary Loan

Fu Zhuo Fu Zhuo, Teaching & Learning

Campus & System Resource List

About Us
Our Office

Employee Resource Groups
Division of Diversity and Inclusion

Affinity Groups (Employee Resource Groups)

Ally is Not a Noun
Division of Diversity and Inclusion

Call to Action: Support for Racial Justice (PDF)

Chancellor's Award for Embracing Diversity (PDF)

Chancellor's Diversity Council
Council Roster

Office of Diversity & Inclusion
UMKC School of Medicine

Diversity Advocates
Division of Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity,Equity, and Inclusive Reading list

International Student Affairs Office

Diversity Task Force
School of Dentistry

Events & Programs
Diversity Calendar

MOSAIC Newsletter
Division of Diversity and Inclusion

UMKC Title IX Office

UMKC DEI Asset Inventory (PDF)

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