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UT Libraries Diversity Committee Meeting Minutes November 15, 2012

Diversity Committee Meeting Minutes November 15th, 2012, 1:00pm, Room 150


  •  If you are interested in participating in, volunteering for, or donating auction items for the Race Against Racism weekend (MLK weekend), please contact Marva Rudolph
  • Need volunteers at the race site

Webpage Update and Discussion

  •  There was discussion on the webpage format and which elements to keep
  •  The Committee agreed to have an open house event to celebrate our new webpage once it is  completed
  •  Continue to send comments to Judy and Rabia

Human Libraries Presentation for the Black Issue Conference

  • The Human Libraries’ subcommittee is scheduled to meet November 28, 2012
  •  Conference proposal will be shared at the next meeting

Discuss Library Diversity Plan

  • The Committee decided to discuss the diversity plan at a later date in 2013

New Business

  • The Diversity Committee has been invited to participate in the Alliance of Women Philanthropists 2012 Giving Circle Grant
  • The project will include writing a grant on the “Half the Sky” film and also offering a scholarship to successful student proposals
  • The Standing Grant Committee includes:  Brian Broyles, Sojourna Cunningham, Thura Mack, Rachel Radom, and Ingrid Ruffin

Other Action Items

  • Ingrid is monitoring social networking media (Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress)
  • She will spearhead a social media drive (giveaway contests for t-shirts, stickers) and work with Robin Bedenbaugh
  • Sojourna volunteered to update LibGuides on the Diversity website.  She will work with Rabia  and Judy in this effort.  Megan and Martha are contacts for website pictures

New Business

  • Dean Steve Smith is planning a 10 year anniversary reunion for the Diversity Residency Program
  • He has asked for our support to (Help) organize this reunion
  • The veteran display and activities were a highly complimented by Dean Smith
  •  The Committee discussed providing the new Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Ricky Hall, a welcome goodie bag when he arrives in July 2013
  •   The Committee will discuss whether or not to request a Committee budget in a future meeting

Tentative Agenda Items for Next Meeting

  • Announcements
  • Webpage Committee
  •  “Half the Sky” Grant Committee
  •  Common Ground Book Club
  •   Race Against Racism
  •   Black Issue Conference Proposal – Human Libraries
  •   Year End Wrap-up

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