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UWB/CC Campus Library Commitments to Anti-Racism: Community Programming

One of our most important roles as a library is as a space for community to gather, discuss, and learn. We are committed to using that role to create space for important conversations that acknowledge and confront racism and oppression, and allow people in our community to learn more about these problems and move towards action against them.

Our broad commitments are as follows: 

  • Convene and facilitate conversations and partnerships to address community challenges (inspired by Urban Libraries Council)
  • Expand and create new programs that deliberately incorporate anti-racist frameworks

As we take actions to reach these commitments we will detail them below.

Convene and facilitate partnerships to address community challenges

   Summer 2020

  • As part of our Staff Development and Training commitments, we started a series of staff reading and discussion events around social justice and anti-racist work within our library. The work is inward-facing, but the resources and discussion questions can be found here for other UW, Cascadia, and other academic institutions to use. 

Expand and create new programs that deliberately incorporate anti-racist frameworks