UT Libraries Diversity Committee Meeting Minutes November 21, 2013

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Committee Meeting Minutes: November 21, 2013 at 1:00pm, Room 150

1.  Announcements

  • None

2.  Black Issues Conference Committee (Seth, Vicki, Michelle, Anne, & Thura)

  • Proposed presentation idea:
    •  “I hate it when…I would like it if…” Scandalous College Stereotypes to include activities with discussions
  • Proposal due December 20
  • Possibly present this topic here in the library for faculty and staff if it is received well at the conference

3.  The Web Committee (Michelle, Seth, Rabia, & Judy)

  • The website needs more pictures
  • The Committee has contacted Dan Greene to help activate rolling pictures for the site
  • Need to add picture of the Veteran’s Day display

4.  HR Training Classes (Sojourna)

  • Participants will receive Safe Zone Training HR128 credit
  • Possible dates: Feb 4 or 5, 11 or 12 at 1pm
  • Individuals must sign up ahead to receive 3 hour credit training
  • Announce in Dean’s newsletter
  • Reserve Mary E. Greer room –Megan

5.  Race for the Cure Final Results

  • Raised $2532.00 through donations and salad bar fundraiser and matching funds

6.  Culture Corner

  • Medicine and Healing topic suggested at last meeting
  • Currently International Education Week in the corner
  • The upcoming theme for the 2014 freshman book will be “creativity”
    • Once the book has been selected, a Culture Corner will be created to support the book
    • The Committee is tasked with thinking of programs and partnerships to support the topic

7.  New Item – Disability Project (Sarah Bourque – Proxy for Annazette)

  • Menendez and McCain: Ratify disabilities treaty (2015 would be a significant anniversary/milestone of the Americans with Disabilities Act) (Anne)
  • Possible Activities Discussed:
    • Spotlight of library activities
    • ADA Compliance audit of Hodges Library building
    • In progress updating of website and marketing materials
    • Programming opportunity to highlight what we are doing to support community members with disabilities
    • Possible programming opportunity for Annual training of the public services staff and others to  including software and hardware available for patrons with follow-up open to UT community start planning
    • The Diversity Committee will contact Campus Disability Advocates group for support with this initiative
    • As part of this programming effort, we will consider doing exercises and activities to improve library services (Speak with Annazette Huston for activity ideas)
    • The Committee discussed willingness to participate in Disability Week
    • A couple Library Disability Focus Groups were identified – more follow-up will be reported on at a later date

8.  Discussion of Next Meeting Agenda

  • Continue planning programs for the Disability project
  • Plot out a calendar of events for the 2014-2015 Disability project
  • Include opportunities for staff training as part of Disability program
  • Schedule the Mary Greer room for the HR Training


Spring 2014 Meeting Dates

January 16th            February 20th

March 20th              April 17th

May 15th                  June 19th

July 17th


In Attendance

Sojourna Cunningham                      Thura Mack

Ingrid Ruffin                                        Seth Jordan

Sarah Bourque                                    Anne Hulse

Regina Mays                                        Cathy Jenkins

Elizabeth Young                                 Judy Li

Vicki Palmer



UT Libraries Diversity Committee Meeting Minutes October 24, 2013

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 Committee Meeting Minutes: October 24, 2013 at 1:00pm Room 150 

1.  Announcements

  • Race for the Cure Salad Bar Fundraiser total $985. Final team total $2700.
  • The next Diversity Committee Meeting will be November 21st at 1:00pm in room 150, Hodges Library

2.  VolAware Street Fair

  • Street Fair feedback indicated that our Committee had one of the top favorite things at the fair (stress balls)
  • Made stress balls and students listed what they do to de-stress as well as suggestions for what the library can add to the De-Stress program

3. Web Task Force Group

  • Michelle Brannen, Seth Jordan, Judy Li, Rabia Gibbs
  • Changes to the webpage
    • Definition in place
    • Reduced navigation menu
    • Need to add more pictures from recent and past activities

4.  Veterans Day Activities (Ingrid)

  • Will check with Taskforce in Support of Student Veterans
  • Possible Library display and activities

5.  Black Issues Conference Call for papers

  • Due December 20, 2013
  • Brainstormed possible presentation
    • “I hate it when, I would like it if” lingering stereotypes
    • STEM and Diversity
    • Date of event February 1st, 2014
    • Sub-committee

Sojourna Cunningham                  Anne Hulse

Seth Jordan                                   Thura Mack

Michelle Brannen                         Vicki Palmer

6.   New: TRACE (Seth)

  • Seth demoed TRACE and the Committee’s presence in the collection
  • Committee will think of other ways to populate our presence in the TRACE collection

7.   HR Diversity Training for all UT Libraries Faculty and Staff (Sojourna)

  • Understanding some of the most common “hidden” disabilities
  • Safe Zone Training: Empowering LGBT ALLIES

8.  Programming Assessment (Thura)

  • Thura reported on a template for reporting the Diversity Committee activities, i.e. Learning Objective, Attendance, and Evaluation Type

9.  New Culture Corner

  • Culture Corner ideas are welcome
  • Email your ideas to Thura
  • Suggested: Health care and medicinal practices around the world (Anne)

Proposed November Agenda

—-Black Issues Conference Committee

—-Web committee reporting

—-HR Training

—-Race for the Cure final results

—-Culture Corner

In Attendance

Megan Venable                  Vicki Palmer

Ann Hulse                           Michelle Brannen

Seth Jordan                         Steve Thomas

Rabia Gibbs                        Sojourna Cunningham

Judy Li                                Elizabeth Young

Ingrid Ruffin                       Thura Mack

Native American film series October 2009

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Native American  film series October 2009 :

  • Oct. 6:  Apocalypto Hodges Library Room 253 @ 6:00
    As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, the rulers insist the key to prosperity is to build more temples and offer human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw, a young man captured for sacrifice, flees to avoid his fate
  • Oct 22:  Skins Hodges Library Room 129 @ 6:00
    An inspirational tale about the relationship between two Sioux Indian brothers living on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation.
  • Oct 26:  The New World Hodges Library Room 253 @ 6:00
    A drama about explorer John Smith and the clash between Native Americans and English settlers in the 17th century.