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Library Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The UC San Diego Library is committed to nurturing and maintaining a supportive and inclusive environment in which diversity is valued and respected. This commitment builds on the UC San Diego Principles of Community, reaffirmed regularly by the Chancellor, which provide a framework for diversity and inclusion on campus and place a high value on the unique contributions of each member of the UC San Diego community. This commitment is also highlighted in the Library Strategic Plan (2022-27).

Library Diversity and Inclusion Committee Charge

The Library Diversity & Inclusion Committee works to build, foster, and maintain a climate that respects: equal access and participation of all groups and individuals, regardless of their culture, race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or geographic origin. To accomplish this, the committee members collaborate with Library staff, students, and campus partners to develop, advise, and implement various programs and processes.

Library Diversity and Inclusion Activities

  • Working with members of the Library Administration and Library Council to articulate the Library's expectations of its staff for cultural competence, in keeping with the University of California Diversity Statement (University of California Diversity Statement);
  • Working with the Library's Training Coordinator to provide diversity-related educational opportunities for Library staff;
  • Creating opportunities and venues for discussion of diversity/equity issues within the Library;
  • Advising Library Administration and Library Council members on policy issues related to diversity and inclusion;
  • Forming partnerships and sharing information and best practices with relevant groups on campus, including the Diversity Council, student groups, and others as appropriate;
  • Collaborating with various Library programs to support and celebrate diversity and inclusion activities.


The UC San Diego Library’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts extend back to 1989, when the Librarians Association of the University of California, San Diego (LAUC-SD) formed an Ad Hoc Committee on Affirmative Action and the Affirming Diversity Task Force. The ad hoc committee became permanent in 1994 and in 2015 the committee became library-wide, inclusive of all library staff. For more, see:   

LDIC was formed in 2015 and includes a seat for a liaison to the Librarians Association of the University of California San Diego – San Diego (LAUC-SD), which serves as the LAUC-SD representative to the statewide LAUC Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Past Events

Learn more about the Library’s Diversity and Inclusion News and Events.

2023 LDIC Events

Event Date
Introduction to Critical Race Theory presented by Sofia Leung January 23
Black History Month - Fireside Chat with Dr. Raquel Martin February 22

2022 LDIC Events

Event Date
Trauma-Informed Library Practices: What is it and what can it look like?  Nisha Mody

April 14

 Trauma-Informed Library Practices: Let’s apply it! Nisha Mody May 19

2021 LDIC Events

Event Date
They Called Us Enemy - George Takei  book club May 2021
Black History Month Virtual event February 2021

2020 LDIC Events

Event Date
UCSD Food Drive and Food Bank November 2020
International Women's Day Wikipedia Edit a Thon with speaker Dr. Maryam Zaringhalam - Keynote Here March 2020
Brave Women: African American Sheroes & The Fight for Civil Rights: Film and memorabilia and Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow display February 2020

2019 LDIC Events

Event Date
Screening of  Stonewall: The Making of a Monument with panel following the movie July 2019
Global Accessibility Awareness Day May 2019
Supporting Transgender Colleagues & Students April 2019
Black History Month Potluck and panel on how best to serve our students of color February 2019
Article discussion on Slack - Digital Humanities,immigration and child separation January 2019

2018 LDIC Events

Event Date
Veterans Staff Association and San Diego Veterans Village Clothing & Toiletries drive
December 2018
Cookies from Around the World Winter celebration December 2018
Book Club: John Lewis' "March" & Hunger/homelessness/food insecurity week - drop off goods or online and (Triton Pantry food drive) November 2018
JCLC Recap Lunch and Learn October 2018
Back to School Virtual Discussion (online) September 2018
The Silent Child: Film Screening August 2018
Summer Learn and Share July 2018
Book Club: Blindspot June 2018
Global Accessibility Awareness Fair May 2018
Design @ Large: Safiya Noble April 2018
Film Screening: Chicano Legacy April 2018
Are You Ready to Support Transgender Employees? (webinar) March 2018
2018 Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon March 2018
A Discussion about Diversity & Inclusion in Academic Libraries February 2018
UC San Diego Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination Training January 2018

2017 LDIC Events

Event Date
Cookies From Around the World December 2017
Film Screening & Food Drive: A Place at the Table November 2017
National Issues Forums. Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change - Part 3 of 3 November 2017
Book Club: The Sandcastle Girls October 2017
Essential Partners' Reflective Structured Dialogue Method. Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change - Part 2 of 3 October 2017
Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice WOrk in the MIT Libraries' Collection Directorate September 2017
Introduction to Dialogue & Deliberation for Academic Libraries. Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change - Part 1 of 3 September 2017
Summer Learn n Share, (Staff share resources, conference presentations, book recommendations) July 2017
ALCTS Diverse, Inclusive, and Equitable Metadata Virtual Pre-Conferences Session 1:  Outreach and Inclusivity in Digital Libraries and Institutional Repositories June 2017
ALCTS Diverse, Inclusive, and Equitable Metadata Virtual Pre-Conferences Session 2:  Metadata Creation and Remediation in Zine and Digital Library Collection June 2017
Cultural Humility Webinar May 2017
Film Screening: Chicano Park May 2017
Fostering Thriving Environments for Facilitating Courageous Conversations with Alden Halbacon (co-sponsored by Library Training) April 2017
Intercultural Essentials for Thriving in a Multicultural Campus (co-sponsored by Library Training) April 2017
The University and the Universe: A Black Feminist Archive of the Possible Workshop with Alexis Pauline Gumbs (co-sponsored with Library Training) April 2017
Microaggressions and the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Community Webinar March 2017
Creativity and Purpose: The Nia Cultural Organization and Black Power in San Diego, 1967-1977 (co-sponsored with Special Collections & Archives) February 2017
New Year Cultural Potluck & Food Drive for UCSD Triton Food Pantry (co-sponsored with Library Community Building (LCBC) January 2017

2016 LDIC Events

Event Date
Cookies: From My House to Yours December 2016
Processing the Election November 2016
Learn and Share & Fall Food Drive November 2016
All of Us or None of Us: Intersections & Allyship by Kim Katrin Milan October 2016
Title IX & Transgender Students: Training & Compliance For Faculty Webinar September 2016
Welcome reception for ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Fellows 2016-2017 Michelle Peralta September 2016
'The Changing Dynamics of Diversity within Higher Education: Weathering the Perfect Storm?' with Dr. Carlos Cortés (co-sponsored with Library Training) September 2016
National Diversity in Libraries Conference (NDLC) Lunch n Learn August 2016
#BlackLivesMatter Book Display August 1-31, 2016 June - July 2016
DiversiTEA! (Chinese Tea Ceremony Demonstration and annual cultural potluck) July 2016
#PulseOrlandoSyllabus Book Display  June - July 2016
Unconscious Bias: The Hidden Barrier webinar (behind a paywall) June 2016
Lunch & Learn: Diversity and Inclusion in Instruction Panel (co-sponsored with Learning Services Program)  May 2016
Roots in the Sand film screening April 2016
Art + Feminism Edit-a-thon March 2016

Imminent Questions Speaker for 2016: Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad

(co-sponsored with the Center for the Humanities, Ethnic Studies Department 25th Anniversary Committee, Literature Department, History Department, The Library, Cross Cultural Center, Black Resource Center, the Black Studies Minor, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion)

February 2016 
Article Reading Discussion, (staff discuss some recent writings about diversity and inclusion) February 2016
Three part webinar Series: (co-sponsored with Library Training) - January - February 2016

2015 LDIC Events

Event Date
Cookies from Around the World: Celebrating our cultures, traditions, and confections! (co-sponsored with LCBC) December 2015
Book Club: Between the World and Me (reading guide) November 2015
Fall Food Drive (sponsored with Library Community Building Committee) October 2015
Wikipedia Training for Staff & WikiAPA Editathon events September 2015
Enhancing Diversity: Experiencing and Practicing Inclusion at the UCSD Library by Bernardo Ferdman (sponsored with Library Training) September 2015
ARL CEP Fellows Goodbye Breakfast August 2015 film event August 2015
Working with Younger Generations by Joanie Connell (sponsored with Library Training) August 2015
A Conversation with Safiya U. Noble July 2015
ARL Career Enhancement Program Fellows Welcome Reception June 2015
Diversity Lunch n Learn - staff discuss recent conferences and literature April 2015
LLAMA Webinar: Racial and LGBT Microaggressions -- An Introduction for Library Leaders March 2015
ARLIS/NA webinar on Developing Intercultural Competence with DeEtta Jones February 2015

Get in Touch

Want to learn more about how we work? Email us at LibraryDiversityInclusionCommittee@AD.UCSD.EDU.