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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


We need to update and revise this Solidarity Statement, written in 2020, based on learning and activity that Campus Library staff have undertaken since then. We recently engaged in an antiracism audit with an external consultant, and we are working through the recommendations from that audit’s report to develop our priorities and criteria for updating and revising this statement.

Contact Us

Comments about this statement and committments are welcome and can be submitted to Richard Lewis, Associate Dean of Libraries UW Bothell and Cascadia College Library, at

Anonymous submissions can be made using the Library’s feedback form. These submissions are reviewed by the Associate Dean, the Head of Public Services, Head of Collections & Course Support Services, and the Budget & Operations Administrator. Comments are forwarded to other library and campus staff if the content is relevant to their work.