University Libraries Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Committee
After my return from the SUNY Faculty Senate meeting in mid-September, Dean Constantinou expressed interest in forming a library-specific EID committee. A week later, an email was sent out to all library faculty and staff soliciting members and the response was tremendous. A committee of 11 librarians and professional staff was formed and Mona Ramonetti, Science Librarian, was appointed chairperson. Due to the overwhelming response, it was decided the committee members and chairperson would rotate annually to give everyone an opportunity to serve on this meaningful group.
The inaugural meeting took place on September 26, 2017 and was attended by special guests Dean Constantinou and Chief Diversity Officer, Lee Bitsóí. I am serving as an ad hoc member for this committee, offering insight and updates on the larger SUNY EID committee's mission.
After the first meeting, a mission statement and vision for the committee's work was devised.
Respect for diversity is a fundamental value of Stony Brook University and the University Libraries, and is identified among the core values of our strategic growth.Working in parallel with the Office of the SBU’s Chief Diversity Officer the University Libraries Committee on Equity, Inclusion and Diversity will strive to:
build, preserve, and provide access to rich and diverse collections
recommend policies and projects that embed diversity and inclusion into the Libraries’ services and work environments
envision events that build cultural awareness and provide the tools needed to strengthen work relationships and build a supportive SBU community
increase awareness and sensitivity among library staff
develop responsive library spaces for diverse user communities
The group decided a web presence would help organize and showcase some of the group's initiatives and so I created this page on the library's website to highlight the committee's work. It's still a work-in-progress, but I'm excited to see how this group will better support the mission of the university and of SUNY!