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Diversity Resources

Statement on Diversity

Rutgers University Libraries recognizes its exceptional role in promoting diversity within the university and its surrounding local and global community. It aggressively cultivates and encourages diversity and multiculturalism through its collections, programs, services and human resources. The libraries understand the value of diverse co-existence and interdependence and actively pursue strategies to achieve an environment of respect and a spirit of fairness and tolerance for human differences.

The libraries ensure all its users equitable access to its collections and services. Its work environment and ethic reflects inclusive and participatory practices as well as an acknowledgement of responsibility for preventing bias, insensitivity and ensuring all its employees equal access to opportunities, without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, class, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, ancestry, marital status, culture, ideology, politics, income, geography and regional differences.

The libraries are proud to be a multicultural community and recognize that a strong commitment to diversity is essential to creating a fair and open-minded work environment which will facilitate unique and sustained intellectual and academic excellence.

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"We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color."
- Maya Angelou

Library Diversity Resources, Initiatives & Events

Spring 2010 and Fall 2009

Forum on Resources and Services for Persons with Disabilities
Thursday, March 25, 2010
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Pane Room, Alexander Library
College Avenue Campus

Screenings:

Mandela: The Living Legend
Wednesday, February 17, 2010, Part 1
Thursday, February 25, 2010, Part 2
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Scholarly Communication Center,
Teleconference Lecture Hall,
Alexander Library, College Avenue Campus

Discussion following the screening of each part facilitated by Edward Ramsamy, Associate Professor, Department of Africana Studies.

Faculty Panel Presentation:
Gender Identity, Sexuality, Social Justice Issues
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Pane Room, Alexander Library

Panelists

  • Paul Schalow, Associate Professor, Asian Languages and Cultures, School of Arts and Sciences-NB
  • Carlos Decena, Assistant Professor, Women's and Gender Studies, School of Arts and Sciences-NB
  • Robyn Magalit Rodriguez, Assistant Professor, Sociology, School of Arts and Sciences-NB
  • Kayo Denda, Women's and Gender Studies Librarian, Moderator

Faculty Panel Presentation:
Intergenerational Communication Issues
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Pane Room, Alexander Library
College Avenue Campus

Panelists

  • James Katz, Professor and Chair, Communication Department, School of Communication and Information
  • Jeff Boase, Assistant Professor, Communication Department, School of Communication and Information
  • Lilia Pavlovsky, Assistant Professor, Library and Information Science, School of Communication and Information
  • Vibiana Cvetkovic, Reference Librarian, Moderator

Summer 2009

Screening:

Race: the power of an illusion

Dr. Edward Ramsamy, Associate Professor, Department of Africana Studies, and Member of Graduate Faculties of Geography, Urban Planning and Policy Development facilitated discussion of the program's content following each presentation.

Part One -- Differences Between Us
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
SCC, Teleconference Lecture Hall
Alexander Library

Part Two -- Story We Tell
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Faculty Lounge,
School of Communication and Information

Part Three -- House We Live In
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Faculty Lounge,
School of Communication and Information

Eating the Potato: Culture, Communication and Camaraderie
Tuesday, May 5, 2009, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Pane Room, Alexander Library, College Avenue Campus
Special Collections Room, John Cotton Dana Library, Newark Campus
Eating the Potato Diversity Event Program [PDF]

Fall 2008 [PDF]

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 - LGBT and Social Justice Issues - Panel Presentation
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Pane Room, Alexander Library
Cheryl Clarke, Director, Diverse Community Affairs, Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities, moderator. The panelists: Mark Schuster, Senior Dean of Students; Robyn Rodriguez, Assistant Professor-SAS, Sociology; Greg Sobol, Assistant Director, Career Services, Health Professions Specialist; Francesca Maresca, Coordinator, Health Outreach, Promotion & Education; Maria Paradiso, Training & Development Coordinator, School of Social Work; and Arlene Stein, Associate Professor-SAS, Sociology.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - What Are Dialog Groups? Could Joining One Broaden Your Views? [PDF]
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Pane Room, Alexander Library
Luisa Paster, former long-term Princeton librarian, and staff development consultant

Public Events Calendar, Fall 2008

Summer 2008 [PDF]

Tuesday, June 10, 2008 - Cornell Interactive Theatre Ensemble
Two programs: 9:30 am-11:30 am; 1:30 pm-3:30 pm
Pane Room, Alexander Library

Spring 2008 [PDF]

Tuesday April 22, 2008 - Building Tolerance and Acceptance
9:30 am to 11:00 am, Pane Room, Alexander Library
Christina Bilinski, Manager, Training and Development, University Human Resources

Thursday, March 27, 2008 - Days of Glory - Indigenés
8:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Teleconference Lecture Hall, Scholarly Communication Center, Alexander Library
A film and discussion of Algerian tirailleurs in World War II. The screening and panel discussion are part of an international workshop, "Re-Evaluating World War II", held at Rutgers University, March 27th to 30th.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 - Cross-Cultural Communication Skills
9:00 am to 12:00 noon; 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Special Collections Room, Library of Science and Medicine, Busch Campus
DeEtta M. Jones, organizational development consultant, whose practice focuses on leadership and cross cultural competency for the 21st century

Thursday, March 13, 2008 - Diversity by Design: New Directions in Recruiting, Educating and Retaining Emerging Majority Librarians
10:00 am to 12:00 noon, Teleconference Lecture Hall, Scholarly Communication Center, Alexander Library
Betty J. Turock, Professor Emerita, School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies, Rutgers University

Monday, March 10, 2008 - Why the Diversity Boom?
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm, Teleconference Lecture Hall, Scholarly Communication Center, Alexander Library
Clement A. Price, Director, Rutgers-Newark Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience; Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor, African-American Studies, Rutgers-Newark

2007

2007 Libraries of the World Showcase

2005

2005 Service with a Smile [PDF] - Diversity Skits performed by RUL faculty and staff at the State of the Libraries meeting in November.

2005 Memorial for Iris Chang

2005 Trip to Newark Museum - Tibetan Collection and the Linh Son Temple co- sponsored with Asian American Cultural Center.
Report [PDF]

2005 Cathy Bean Bao - The Fork Principles - Book Signing and Reception. Co-sponsored with Asian American Cultural Center.

2001

2001 Investment in Learning - Exploring Communities: Winter celebrations from around the world.

1998

1998 - RUL co-sponsors "The Challenge to Change" a conference on Diversity, with Penn State university libraries, University of Maryland libraries, University of Pittsburg Libraries and the Association of Research Libraries.

1998 Spring Symposium on Affirmative Action [PDF]

Library Committees and Internship/Residency Program

University Diversity Resources

General Diversity Resources

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The Libraries believe that diversity and inclusion must be an integral part of our functions, both internally and externally. The programs of the Libraries' Diversity Committee evidence our diversity efforts; the goals of our 2005-2011 Strategic Plan as well as our joint Residency/Internship Program with the School of Communication and Information (SC& I) underscore our intent. Our multi-year diversity education initiative is designed to educate and inform, expand awareness and understanding of the diverse community we serve, while recognizing and honoring the value of the contributions of all of the faculty librarians and staff to the creation and maintenance of a dynamic, vibrant learning environment.

Contacts

Marilyn R. Wilt, Ph.D.
Training and Learning Coordinator

Mark Winston
Chair, Libraries Advisory Committee on Diversity

Lila Fredenburg
Director of Administrative Services