Rod Library Diversity Statement
Rod Library recognizes diversity as the broad range of experiences and backgrounds our community brings together to create a rich learning environment. We support the university’s vision of celebrating individuality while creating an inclusive community.
Our goal is to empower all users to learn and grow together in a welcoming and safe climate. We seek to do so through our spaces, resources, services, and staff.
Rod Library Diversity Committee
The 2018-2019 Library Diversity Committee members are Linda McLaury (chair), Nathan Arndt, Carol Carey, Hyunseung Koh. Becky Kriz, Jaycie Vos and Cindy Bancroft (ex officio)
Our charge is to "provide leadership in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion by promoting an understanding of diversity, monitoring how the library integrates diversity into its programs and services, and suggesting ways the library can build on its commitment to foster an inclusive university community that embraces and respects differences."
Events & Initiatives
We understand that diversity and inclusion are essential to our everyday life in the library. To further this work, we also coordinate special events, initiatives, and programs. Some recent examples include:
- Iowans Return to Freedom Summer screening and discussion with filmmaker Patti Miller and University of Iowa Archivist, David McCartney
- Programs for library employees about microaggressions, Title IX, stereotyping, Student Disability Services, and other relevant campus topics
- "Diversity Means..." art exhibit
- Programming funded by the ALA "Latino Americans: 500 Years of History" grant
- Bystander Training for library employees with Dr. Alan Heisterkamp of the UNI Center for Violence Prevention
For more information about diversity & inclusion at UNI: