The UWM Libraries join Chancellor Mark Mone and the UWM community in condemning police brutality, systemic racism, and racial injustice, here in America and across the world, and at the same time proclaim our strong support of the Black Lives Matter movement and those who are peacefully protesting.
Along with the other University of Wisconsin System libraries, we are committed to
- Building our personal knowledge and spend time in self-reflection in order to recognize our own implicit biases, so that we can continue to engage in more meaningful anti-racist practices.
- Ensuring that our hiring practices and professional development opportunities for all employees, student workers, professional staff and faculty advance and curate a culture of equity and inclusion.
- Expanding investment in, and curation of, collections and resources that represent the experience and perspective of BIPOC scholars and stories and document the history of oppression and protest.
- Working within our campus and broader communities to foster respect, highlight injustice, and share the lived experiences of those calling us to action.
Michael Doylen, Associate Vice Provost and Director of Libraries, has charged the Libraries’ Diversity Advisory Committee to lead development of a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan. The plan will set inspiring and broad goals relating to every aspect of the Libraries’ work–collections, services, programming, employee recruitment and professional development–as well as attainable action items to focus our efforts and mark our progress.
The Libraries’ Diversity Advisory Committee this week has revised the Libraries’ Multicultural Resources and Services page, adding a list of anti-racist resources.