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 2020-2021 Library Diversity Committee members are Holly Boehmer (chair), Melinda Beland, Carol Carey, Hyunseung Koh, Andrea Smith, Tessa Wakefield, 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."

Use the link displayed in the upper right corner of this page to suggest library programming or services, or to share comments and concerns with the Diversity Committee. 

Diversity Book Display

Each month, the Diversity Committee curates a themed book display which is located near the Book Bistro on the main floor of the library. We encourage you to explore what's there and checkout what interests you. With COVID-19 and the move to online services, our displays also went digital. Our active digital displays are: 

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Anti-Racism Resources

Protest and Student Activism

Latinx Heritage Celebration

Spotlight on Mental Health

Curate a Book Display

Rod Library's Diversity Committee curates monthly displays of library resources related to a particular diversity-related theme or recognition month in the Book Bistro or in a digital display. The library welcomes display requests from current UNI students, student organizations, faculty, and staff. Display topics should align with UNI's educational goals and Rod Library's diversity statement. Please fill out the Diversity Committee Book Display Request Form to request to curate a book display.

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:

  • Cultural Competence Training- Serving Muslim Students
  • Iowans Return to Freedom Summer film screening and discussion with the director
  • UNI Military & Veteran Honor Photo Exhibit 
  • Staff participation in University Diversity Common Reads
  • Programs for library employees about microaggressions, Title IX, stereotyping, Student Accessibility Services, Bystander Training, and other relevant campus topics
  • Diversity and Inclusion Resources Libguide maintained by the Diversity Committee

More Information

For more information about diversity & inclusion at UNI:

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