Inclusive Excellence at University Libraries
University of Denver Libraries is strongly committed to Inclusive Excellence (IE). This commitment reflects a broader dedication by the university and a long-standing pledge within the library profession. It works towards IE by aligning itself with both the American Library Association's and the University's Center for Multicultural Excellence's ideas of Diversity/Inclusive Excellence.
University of Denver Libraries Diversity Statement
Central to learning and knowledge creation, University of Denver Libraries's services, collections,and hiring practices embody the needs of the DU community across a wide range of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, nationality, age, disability, socioeconomic background, and other critical social dimensions. This allows the library to create a rich academic, intellectual, and cultural environment for everyone by:
- Identifying initiatives and designing programs that showcase the benefits of diversity,
- Building collections that enhance the multicultural experience, and
- Providing equitable access to library collections and services.
With such efforts, University of Denver Libraries is an active partner in the University's commitment to Inclusive Excellence. See the University of Denver Diversity Statement.
How We Embed Diversity
University of Denver Libraries's Diversity Advisory Committee collaborates with other library standing committees and teams to provide activities that will show the way to wider understanding of what "Inclusive Excellence" means, embrace a diverse DU community, and showcase the library's collection. These include the following:
- Inclusive Excellence training for all University of Denver Libraries faculty and staff
- Staff development programs
- Student outreach intiatives
- Disability access and services
- Multicultural-themed exhibits
- Strategic collection development
ALA Policy Manual - look at section 60 for ALA's Diversity Policy
DU Inclusive Excellence - Center of Multicultural Excellence's page on Inclusive Excellence
Inclusive Excellence Inventory - Snapshot of current inclusiveness efforts available at DU
Librarians at University of Denver Libraries create research guides that support DU courses focusing on multicultural topics as well as pathfinders that highlight the library's diverse collection. Some of these are listed below. View additional IE research guides.
Gender & Women's Studies
HIST 1520 Immigrant Voices in Modern America
Ira M. & Peryle H. Beck Memorial Archives
Native American Studies
SOWK 4118 Historical U.S. Immigration Policy
SPAN 2350 Latin American Culture and Civilization