Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility
The University of Maryland Libraries is committed to providing inclusive and accessible library programs, services, and resources for the campus community and beyond. We are here to provide you with equitable access to knowledge, diverse resources and collections, and welcoming physical and online environments for your intellectual and creative learning and enrichment.
Honoring Native Peoples and Lands
At the UMD Libraries, we believe it is important to create dialogue to honor those that have been historically and systemically disenfranchised. We acknowledge the truth that is often buried: We are on the ancestral lands of the Piscataway People, who were among the first in the Western Hemisphere. We are on indigenous land that was stolen from the Piscataway People by European colonists. We pay respects to Piscataway elders and ancestors. Please take a moment to consider the many legacies of violence, displacement, migration, and settlement that bring us together here today.*
*This 2020 statement was shared by the UMD Office of Diversity & Inclusion. The statement was originally crafted through a collaboration between Ghonva K. Ghauri, Coordinator for Multiracial & Native American/Indigenous Student Involvement and Multiracial Involvement and Community Advocacy (MICA), and was approved by Piscataway Tribe elders.
Diversity is the psychological, physical, and social differences that exist among any and all individuals; including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, age, gender, sexual orientation, cognitive or physical ability, and learning styles.
An equitable environment is one of fair treatment, equal access, opportunity, and advancement. We strive to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of all.
Inclusion is an environmental state, supported by actions, where any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate. An inclusive and welcoming climate embraces and leverages differences for the good of the organization and offers respect in words and actions for all people.
The University of Maryland Libraries will support broader campus efforts to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus climate, understanding the unique, interdisciplinary focus of libraries and archives as collectors and curators of the historical, literary, artistic, and scientific record.
● We acknowledge the historical legacy of inequity and oppression for those of particular identities and expressions and commit to countering those experiences in our organizational mission.
● We do this by providing collections, services, and programs that reflect the diversity of our community, that heighten cultural awareness, and that reflect the histories, experiences, and expressions of those who have been historically marginalized and/or underrepresented.
● We will work to ensure equitable access to our facilities, resources, and services, and endeavor to improve our workforce by attracting and developing talented faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds.
● We will work to mitigate the barriers to inclusion that come from traditionally hierarchical organizational structures and sustain a culture that honors the contributions made to the mission of the university by all employees.