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UT Libraries Diversity Committee Meeting Minutes November 20, 2014

Diversity Committee Meeting Minutes: November 20, 2014 at 1:00pm, Room 150


  • No announcements

Ideas for Diversity Project/Activities 2015

  • Vice Chancelor Hall invited the committee to help with a lunch and learn series
  • The series will take place in the library at our regular meeting time
  • Thura and Megan will be working on a more detailed schedule
  • A possible theme: how to create dialogue on difficult topics we can then have each lunch and learn focus on a different specific topic and invite other groups to join us for example if we have a dialogue focused on LGBTQ issues we would invite OUTspoken to that lunch and learn
  • Difficult conversations committee so far volunteers at this time are: Thura, Elizabeth, Ingrid, Regina, and Sarah

Topics Discussion for Black Issues Conference Proposal

  • Proposals for the 10th annual Black Issues Conference, (Stand Your Ground: the State of Black America Today on Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 10am until 4pm) are due soon
  • We can tie in the theme of our lunch and learns and start this conference off with a discussion about conversations in general
  • Focus on the online presence such as Yik Yak and Black Twitter
  • A subcommittee of volunteers to plan the conference topics further includes: Anne Holst, Megan, Ingrid?, Jesse (program content creation), and Thura.
  • Using Social Media as a safe space racially
    • Pick Tweets from “safe space” sites to start discussion
    • Defining your own culture
  • Racially motivated crimes in a social media era
    • Response to racially motivated crimes in a pre- and post-internet era
  • Creating your own space online
    • Ways to broaden your horizons in a like-minded space

Best Wishes and Farewell

Sojourna and Vicki will be leaving the Library Diversity Committee to begin new jobs as new librarians

Final Thoughts

  • If anyone wants to join the two work groups, please email by Wednesday, December 3rd.
  • The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday January 15, 2015 at 1:00pm

In Attendance

  • Thura Mack
  • Anne Hulse
  • Vickie Palmer
  • Ingrid Ruffin
  • Regina Mays
  • Steve Thomas
  • Cathy Jenkins
  • Megan Venable
  • Elizabeth Young
  • Tamara Griffin (ODS Proxy)
  • Sara Holt
  • Seth Jordan

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