This guide represents the steps we're taking to include folks of all races, genders, sexualities, disabilities (apparent and non-apparent), neurodiversities, ages, cultures and nationalities. Much, but not all, of this work is being done by three groups within the library: the Inclusion and Social Justice, Accessibility, and Programming Committees.
We recognize that equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging are core to the mission of the Caltech Library.
These values are the primary guiding principle in our work, and they are both individual responsibilities and institutional imperatives.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are a key part of the Caltech Library's Strategic Plan for 2021-2023, specifically two goals and six outcomes:
Goal 1: Promote equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging for all members of the Caltech community in all of our collections and services.
Goal 2: Provide our staff with opportunities for professional development, growth, inclusion, and belonging.
Most of the collaborators responsible for this guide in its original form are cisgender white women who benefit from the white supremacist systems and types of oppression outlined in this guide. There are limits and hidden biases at work that stem from our privileges and perspectives. We have attempted to bring together relevant resources on antiracist issues for the Caltech community, and we welcome feedback and suggestions for the guide, particularly from the perspectives and experiences of Black, Indigenous, and non-Black People of Color (BIPOC) from the Caltech community.
This statement was adapted with permission from the Denver University Libraries' Guide on Anti-racist Resources.