The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries affirm diversity and inclusive excellence to be vitally integral to our mission and vision. We strive to model this in recruitment and retention, building collections, and offering services and spaces to develop a receptive social, intellectual, and physical environment for all. Diversity and diverse are here meant to include but are not limited to cultural differences, race/ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, (dis)ability, creed, religious or spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, class, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. We recognize and seek to address power dynamics created by power differences and hierarchy. We strive to develop cultural competency as an institution.
We commit to:
- Increasing representation in higher education of historically excluded/underrepresented populations
- Understanding and advocating for individuals’ diverse histories, traditions, and identities
- Preserving and promoting linguistic diversity
- Providing forums for open, clear, and respectful dialogues that actively seek and engage with diverse perspectives
- Implementing universal design strategies to create accessible facilities and resources
- Identifying and mitigating bias and barriers to inclusion in personal and institutional interactions
- Supporting the health and well-being of our campus community through inclusive programs, services, and spaces
CU Libraries aligns our vision for diversity with:
- CU Libraries Mission and Vision Statement and Strategic Plan
- CU Boulder’s Inclusion, Diversity, and Excellence in Academics (IDEA) Plan, Mission, and Strategic Vision
- Library Professional Organizations: Association of Research Libraries (ARL); Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL); ACRL’s Framework of Information Literacy in Higher Education.