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.

Black History month book display

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 check out what interests you. With COVID-19 and the move to online services, our displays also went digital. View our digital displays here.

Curate a Book Display

Rod Library's Diversity Committee curates monthly displays of library resources related to diversity-related theme or recognition month.  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 Exhibit Case Request Form and select 'Diversity Display Stand' to request to curate a book display. 

Rod Library Diversity Committee

The 2023-2024 Library Diversity Committee members are Johnnie Blunt, Linda McLaury, Ellen Neuhaus, Amandajean Nolte, Danette Priebe, 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, assessing 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."

To suggest library programming or services, or to share comments and concerns, you can email the Rod Library Diversity Committee at lib-diversitycommittee@uni.edu.