Diversity Committee Meeting Notes August 26 2010
The Diversity committee welcomed Joanne Deeken for a discussion on the UT Libraries Diversity Plan. The University is to rewrite departmental diversity plans to reflect changes and innovations in the current practices for SACS accreditation Review.
Deeken stressed that the meeting discussion is forward thinking and we should plan for what we want to do with our future endeavors and integrate current practices into a new plan.
Redo Diversity Assessment
An updated diversity assessment is needed. The last assessment was completed ten years ago. The committee cited Charting a Course for Diversity: An Experience in Climate Assessment M Royse, T Conner, T Miller – Portal-Libraries and the Academy, 2006 – muse.jhu.edu for review and methods of completing a new assessment.
Collaboration and Interactivity
Add a interactive component Learning Commons Digital Presence that ties all diversity efforts together and offers a anonymous platform for expression. “Campus Voices”
Participation in Diversity Events:
The discussion stressed that the Libraries staff and faculty members are stretched in too many directions, making it difficult for everyone to participate or help with events. Committee members want to incorporate the idea that diversity is not just about color, or ethnicity it’s about culture and individually ie: “Diversity Means You”.
Ideas on how to increase participation
Monthly programs for different areas in the library that address specific needs.
Rework “Let’s Talk About It” into a “Cultural Enhancement Series” with programs that offer training credit. (HR128)
Diversity Awards for staff and faculty (cooperate with send roses)
Current Practices to Continue:
Cosponsor opportunities are being sought; including the International House, and partnerships
with other Library Committees like the Common Ground Book Club.
The committee will continue to post accomplishments and collaboration efforts on the Libraries Diversity Committee site and news feed.
Advertising and Promotion
Future advertising and public relations will incorporate the new plasma displays located throughout the Hodges Library and we will continue to contact the Daily Beacon, WUOT, WUTK and Metropulse with our event information.