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University Libraries Diversity Council: ULDC

What is ULDC?

The fourteen member University Libraries Diversity Council is a standing group reporting to the Dean of the Libraries.
The Council supports Virginia Tech's strategic plan goal to “foster a diverse and inclusive community that supports mutual respect” in the University Libraries and the Virginia Tech community.

Membership

Area Name Term Ends
InclusiveVT Representative Jessica Ofsa Ongoing
Library Staff Association Representative #1 Chris Shaver 2021
Library Staff Association Representative #2 Brittany Dodson 2022 
(will serve extra year as chair)
Library Staff Association Representative #3 Lisa Smith 2021
Library Faculty Association Representative #1 Jonathan Briganti 2023
Library Faculty Association Representative #2 Rachel Miles 2023
Library Faculty Association Representative #3 Gail McMillan 2022
Area A Representative #1 Craig Arthur 2020 
(serving extra year as chair)
Area A Representative #2 Cathryn Copper 2023
Area A Representative #3 Kimberli Weeks 2023
Area B Representative #1 Shannon Phillips 2023
Area B Representative #2 Caleb Bradley 2023
Area C Representative Ellen Boggs 2023
Area D Representative Mary Finn 2023

Charge

The fourteen member University Libraries Diversity Council is a standing group reporting to the Dean of the Libraries. The Council supports Virginia Tech's strategic plan goal to “foster a diverse and inclusive community that supports mutual respect” in the University Libraries and the Virginia Tech community.
 

Council members will:

  • Review the libraries' climate survey results, focusing on the diversity-related items, and suggest appropriate actions
  • Establish annual goals for the Council at the beginning of each academic year
  • Issue an annual report of its activities and progress in achieving stated goals
  • Develop strategies to improve the recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce in the libraries
  • Provide and promote educational opportunities on Inclusion and Diversity in the libraries
  • Provide information to InclusiveVT or other campus entities as requested
  • Advise the Dean of the Libraries on matters regarding Inclusion and Diversity
  • Align Library Diversity Council initiatives with InclusiveVT efforts
  • Emphasize inclusion and diversity activities that relate to university programs
  • Review this charter annually

Meetings

  • Council meetings will occur at least six times a year.
  • The Diversity Council will present at the Library Council meeting at least once a year.
  • For the '20-'21 Academic Year, meetings will take place on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 1 to 2pm via Google Meet.
  • We also host optional Open Office Hours on the 1st Wednesday of the month from 1 to 2pm via Google Meet.

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