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Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA)

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Guide Created by Jacqui Higgins-Dailey, Christina Bell, and Pamela Gautier

GCC Library Equity Statement

Glendale Community College Library upholds values of Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) and join other academic and public libraries in condemning systemic oppression, racism, ableism and all forms of discrimination. We acknowledge and continue to learn about our role in the dominant culture and how information professionals and institutions have consciously and unconsciously perpetuated systems furthering and reinforcing inequity. We:
 

  • strive to better serve people of marginalized races, ethnicities, abilities, religious beliefs, sexualities and gender identities.

  • aim to provide equitable access to information. 

  • work to value and protect our users' privacy and intellectual freedom.

  • work to continuously evaluate the design of our services, spaces, and programs to be diverse, inclusive, and accessible.

  • select collections materials that give voice to traditionally under-represented researchers and writers.

  • stand against bullying, intimidation, aggression or micro-aggression of our staff, students, and faculty.

  • ask for feedback from our students to guide our IDEA efforts and action plans.

  • support the DEI values and goals of the college, including the DEI Council and GCC Diversity Committee.
     

An academic system and community at large only functions successfully when each member of it is valued, represented, and heard. Anything less than full equity and inclusion is injustice. We ask our students and community to please reach out to us with any feedback, concerns or questions about equity and inclusion.

 

(This statement is a working commitment and will be updated and changed as we work through our department Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Plan. 12/8/22)

Cultural Diversity & Equity Resources

This research guide serves to enhance GCC Library's focus on equity, diversity and inclusion for all librarians, staff, faculty and students. We hope these resources will strengthen community understanding of the nuanced and myriad ways in which racism and a system of white supremacy have created a climate of violence and inequity in for Black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) in our society.

This guide will be an evolving repository for books, articles, databases, information, reading lists, videos and a variety of material to create a base for those aiming to shift perspective and begin the work of anti-racism. We see these resources as a first step toward this work. We hope this guide is a jumping off point to educate our community and increase overall awareness and understanding of these complex topics.

This guide will also include information on what we in the library are doing to bring these topics into our work. We are developing plans for the contenting education of our faculty and staff and actionable items we can implement in the library. We welcome feedback from the GCC community on what you want to see from us or resources we should have available.

 

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GCC Databases (click on image)

The databases highlighted below are likely to be the best to find resources and articles relating to equity, diversity, cultures of racism and other related topics. Once you click on the image, you will be taken to the library databases page by subject where you can access these resources directly.

 

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