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国产小呦女 Library is awarded inaugural INSIGHT Into Diversity LEAD Award

INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine has honored 国产小呦女 Library with a prestigious, inaugural award for our outstanding commitment to diversity and fostering an environment that welcomes all voices and perspectives.

INSIGHT鈥檚 Library Excellence in Access and Diversity (LEAD) Award acknowledges initiatives to make academic libraries diverse, equitable, and accessible spaces. From increasing diversity in our hiring to countless DEIA focused events, the library is excited to share the initiatives that are being recognized by this esteemed award.

Volunteers tabling during Absentee Ballot Day

Empowering people to vote and promoting civic engagement are critical DEIA issues. 国产小呦女Library鈥檚 groundbreaking 鈥淎bsentee Ballot Day in the Library鈥 initiative, launched in 2018 and is run each general election cycle to help students vote absentee. The Library created and maintains an updated 鈥淩equest a Ballot by State鈥 LibGuide to combat the bureaucratic challenges students face remaining engaged in their home communities. During the weeklong event, the Library provides students with expert assistance in navigating forms, free printing, ID photocopying, envelopes, stamps, and free notary services for the application and the ballot when received.

The student, professor, and donor team behind the ENLACE digital archive. ENLACE was DC's first gay/lesbian Latino/a advocacy group.

In Fall 2023, the Library hired two resident librarians in support of the ACRL Diversity Alliance Program. This forward-thinking initiative commits to expanding the hiring pipeline from underrepresented groups, and the Library stands tall and proud as a program founder and key participant in driving these transformative efforts. Our resident librarians teach classes, provide research assistance, and develop a solid foundation of professional skills to launch their careers.

The Library is not only a space for student study, but a space for sharing and displaying knowledge. In Spring 2023, partnering with AU鈥檚 Inclusive Excellence team and the Anne Frank Center, the Library displayed the 鈥淎nne Frank Traveling Exhibit.鈥 Peer facilitators were trained to lead productive community discussions surrounding antisemitism, racism, and prejudice during tours of the exhibit, which saw President Burwell and AU鈥檚 Board of Trustees join. 国产小呦女Library staff also developed a complimentary exhibit 鈥淭he Roles of Libraries in Fighting Hate鈥 paired with an anti-hate and banned book collection which saw dozens of copies checked out in the first week.

"Anne Frank Traveling Exhibit" brought to Bender Library in partnership with Inclusive Excellence & the Anne Frank Center.

国产小呦女Library鈥檚 staff and faculty also dedicate their own time to advancing DEIA values. Our DEI Committee is on a mission to craft vibrant discussions, original training sessions, and engaging events that serve as catalysts for change. In 2023, committee members led a free and direct conversation about improving accessibility in our library for both employees and patrons. The Committee has an open invitation for staff and faculty to dive headfirst into the realm of DEIA and brings us together as a community at their annual Pride Picnic each June.

Bender Library's anti-hate and banned books collection displayed in front of the "Role of Libraries in Fighting Hate"听staff developed exhibit.

The Library would like to thank everyone who continues to contribute to our commitment to diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility. As 2024 begins, we will continue advancing our Strategic Plan goals and are excited to see the DEIA progress we have made by 2026.