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Diversity Committee

UT Libraries Diversity Committee Meeting Minutes November 21, 2013

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



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