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Diversity Statement & Plans

UW Libraries & Diversity

The University of Washington defines diversity broadly to include "race, sex, gender identity, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability, nationality, religion, and military status."

Diversity is a fundamental value of the Libraries and is identified among the core values of our strategic plan.  Our staff create an environment that appreciates, acknowledges, encourages and celebrates differences by functioning and communicating effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds.  We seek and provide opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement.  Our appreciation for diversity allows us to serve our increasingly diverse communities more effectively and with more sensitivity.

Beyond respect for diversity, it is important to recognize that inequity can often accompany diversity. This statement and its resulting plans are meant to foster and support an organizational culture where those inequities do not occur or are remedied when identified.


Libraries Diversity and Organizational Culture Task Force

Libraries personnel at all levels of the organization are responsible for developing and maintaining a culture supportive of and committed to diversity and inclusion. A Diversity Committee and Diversity Officer implement and maintain the Libraries’ Diversity plan and provide support and guidance.  Both the Committee and Diversity Officer report directly to the Dean of University Libraries.


Four Areas of Ongoing Task Force Focus:

  • Services to Constituents
    To enrich the quality of life and advance intellectual discovery by connecting people of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities with knowledge.
  • Recruitment of staff from diverse backgrounds
    To increase the diversity of the Libraries' workforce at all levels of the organization.
  • Retention of staff from diverse backgrounds
    To promote an inclusive and supportive workplace culture as an important element in retaining a diverse staff.
  • Organizational Culture
    To incorporate awareness of the value and importance of diversity at all levels of the Libraries so that staff recognize their responsibility in maintaining a culture supportive of and committed to diversity; provide a supportive and safe working and learning environment.