As librarians and staff of the Pardee Legal Research Center, we acknowledge that systemic biases in the legal system, higher education, and society can inhibit or prohibit meaningful access to legal knowledge and education. These biases include, but are not limited to: racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, sexism, cissexism, homophobia, classism, ageism, and ableism. We recognize that we can combat these systemic biases in service of the LRC’s mission by acting on frameworks rooted in diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. We will not allow acts of intolerance and hate to diminish the rights and safety of those who visit our spaces and use our resources and services. We therefore commit to:
The Legal Research Center Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Committee develops and promotes DEIA efforts in Library policies, practices, programming, services, and hiring. The mission of the committee is to provide consistent leadership, awareness, and support to the USD community and Library staff in creating a welcoming and caring environment for our students, faculty, staff, and other library patrons. To support this mission and the Library’s stated goals in the LRC’s Statement on Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Accessibility, the DEIA Committee will:
Committee Members: New members will be appointed by the Director and Associate Director. New appointments to the committee should ideally come from the same department or team as leaving committee members to maintain representation of all library staff. In considering whether to remain on the committee, committee members should be conscious that new members will bring a diversity of thought to the committee that is necessary to achieve the goals laid out here.
Current members of the LRC DEIA Committee (L to R): Derek Antler, Melissa Abernathy (co-chair), Bee Bornheimer (co-chair), Robert Lee, Inna Muradyan, and Julianne Odin