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Mission Statement

The mission of the Libraries' Committee on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice is to promote intercultural understanding and acceptance among library users and library staff by educating, empowering, and creating self-awareness in the context of a global society. Leveraging the Libraries’ expertise, programs, collections, and services will foster an environment of inclusion and equality with fairness, appreciation for individual differences, and respect for all.

Please reach out to us via our committee email address: LIBSA-deijcommittee@ad.ufl.edu

Diversity Committee Charge

The UF Libraries' Diversity Committee advances diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) in and through the George A. Smathers Libraries. Members are committed to the transformative power of DEIJ on values and norms within the Libraries and in the Libraries’ service to UF and its communities. The committee supports ensuring that these values are central to the Libraries’ culture, services, programs, and stewardship. The committee:

  • Advocates for, advises on, supports, and initiates Libraries programs and processes to establish a welcoming, respectful, and inclusive environment for current and prospective students, employees, and the public.
  • Identifies opportunities for the Libraries to address historical and current inequities in resources and services. Supports Libraries’ personnel who assess, implement, or sustain models that increase accessibility, representativeness, and accountability.
  • Aligns the Libraries’ efforts with campus-wide initiatives through strategic partnerships to deliver effective initiatives that meet the diverse needs of students, employees, and community partners.

Through these activities, the committee supports the Libraries’ contributions towards a democratic society by broadening access to information resources with a focus on underserved populations, consistent with the values of the library profession and UF’s mission.

The Diversity Committee reports to the Libraries' Associate Dean for Administrative Services and Faculty Affairs and the Senior Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources and Services. The committee membership is composed of libraries employees and strives for representativeness across units and roles. The committee establishes its specific activities through an annual action plan submitted to and approved by Libraries’ administration, with an annual report documenting these activities and their outcomes.

DEI Committee Members

Ilana Abend-David, 2019-2021 Member 

Cataloging & Discovery Services, iabenddavid@ufl.edu 

 

Elizabeth Akers, 2019-2021 Member 

Legal Information Center, akers@law.ufl.edu 

 

Suzan Alteri, 2020-2022 Member 

Special Collections, salteri@ufl.edu  

 

Perry Collins, 2019-2021 Member 

Digital Partnership & Strategies, perrycollins@ufl.edu 

 

Pam Cunningham-Williams, 2020-2022 Member 

Special and Area Studies Collections, pamwill@uflib.ufl.edu 

 

Madison Curry, 2020-2022 Member 

Shared Collections, mcurry@ufl.edu 

 

Matthew Daley, 2020-2022 Member 

IT, matdale@uflib.ufl.edu 

 

Alexandrea Glenn, Ex-Officio 

Marston Science Library, Student Success Librarian, glenn.a@ufl.edu 

 

Jason Heckathorn, 2020-2022 Member 

Acquisitions & Collections Services, jrheckathorn@uflib.ufl.edu 

 

Twanna Hodge, Ex-Officio 

Library Administration, DEI Librarian, twanna.hodge@ufl.edu 

 

Ginessa Mahar, 2020- 2021 Co-Chair 

Library West, gjmahar@ufl.edu 

 

Juliana Rojas, 2020-2022 Member 

Administrative Services, juliana.rojas@ufl.edu  

 

Safraz Sattaur, 2020- 2021 Co-Chair 

Education Library, safsatt@uflib.ufl.edu 

 

Laura Spears, 2020-2022 Member 

Library Assessment, laura.spears@ufl.edu 

 

Nina Stoyan-Rosenweig, 2019-2021 Member 

Health Science Center Library, nstoyan@ufl.edu 

 

Joanna Tuskey, 2020-2022 Member 

Marston Science Library, jtuskey@ufl.edu 

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