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Our Values & Initiatives

Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Gleeson Library is committed to antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI) and infusing these values in our work. Gleeson Library believes that anti-racist work is an ongoing commitment — it is not something one can check off a list. Doing this work and grappling with our histories is uncomfortable, but that will not stop us from engaging with it or taking action, and learning how to do better along the way.

Black Lives Matter Statement

Gleeson Library aims to work vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension, all people. We acknowledge, respect, and celebrate differences and commonalities. We also acknowledge the roles our institution and many other academic libraries play, both historically and today, in the ongoing subjugation of Black people and the intersections between librarianship and systemic racism. We affirm that Black Lives Matter.
— Shawn P. Calhoun, Library Dean (June 2020)

  • Racial Equity Retreat — Library leadership team attended a retreat with the Race Forward organization
  • Instructional Design Workshop — Library workers attended an instructional design workshop focused on critical race theory with Sophia Leung
  • Reparative and Inclusive Description Survey Scholar InternshipRID Survey Scholar intern jointly funded by the Jesuit Foundation and Gleeson Library
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