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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This page collates DEI resources for people working in the CMU University Libraries

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at the University Libraries 2020-2025

The University Libraries values and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through our expertise, services, and collections, we aim to serve all members of the Carnegie Mellon University community with empathy and respect. 

Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion strengthens our organization and enriches our learning environment, creating the conditions for innovation to flourish. Our provision of equitable access to information, spaces, and opportunity enhances the quality of the student experience and provides our scholars with a competitive edge. We strive to incorporate and appreciate the diversity of our institution in exhibits, events, collections and our workforce. We pursue an ongoing practice of inclusion to build a sense of belonging for all members and help us all learn how to celebrate our differences.

The University Libraries Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) strategic plan is organized around three key goals calling on the Libraries to strive for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the following areas: 

Hiring & Retaining Out Talent

Create the conditions that are favorable for hiring, retaining, and educating a diverse workforce that will serve all members of the CMU community with empathy and respect.

Building Services that "Serve"

Ensure our collections, exhibits, events, and communications are reflective of the populations we serve and that we aim to serve.

Provisioning Equitable Access

Implementation of this plan began in Fall 2020. Progress is tracked at the action item level, incorporating a cycle of implementation, feedback and reporting across the different semesters each year.

We will continually strive for transparency and accountability in our actions and the ways that we measure success. This DEI Strategic Plan acknowledges that for the university to achieve its mission of impacting society in a transformative way through cultivation of a world-class workforce and provision of a transformative student experience, diversity, equity and inclusion efforts must be prioritized and given the support to succeed. 

Interacting Across Difference Video Series

This series of segments at our monthly all staff meetings began with this course by Vernā Myers. This 40 minute course on LinkedIn Learning features Vernā sitting in a room discussing inclusion, unconscious bias, and saying the wrong thing. If you haven't watched the whole course yet, it takes less than an hour to complete.

Interacting Across Difference Playlist on YouTube

This playlist includes videos played for Interacting Across Difference segments of UniLib meetings. The latest video is shown here as a stub but all the videos in the playlist are playable here. To access the full playlist, you can watch one video after another or click on the three horizontal lines at the top right corner to scroll through the available videos.

Interacting Across Difference Content on LinkedIn Learning