Glendale Community College faculty librarians and staff join other academic and public libraries in condemning the systemic racism and oppression that have led to the murder and exploitation of Black lives. We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. The recent police killings and the more recent shooting in Kenosha, WI are inexcusable and a stark reminder of how white supremacy infects our society and culture.
An academic system and community at large only functions when each member of it is valued, represented and heard. Anything less than full equity and inclusion is injustice. We recognize that centuries of oppression, violence and the marginalization of Black, Indigenous and People of Color have created a system that falls deleteriously outside any space of humanity, justice or safety for all.
We also recognize that words need to be followed with work. Anti-racism starts with a shift in mindset, a reframing of perspective and is swiftly followed by contemplative action. We are committed to doing this work and re-evaluating our approach to student services to ensure that we are creating an equitable environment that includes the diverse range of students we serve.
As we re-group to compile a list of action items and assess our current services, we ask you, 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. 9/15/20)
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.
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.