Black Lives Matter
In solidarity with our students of color, the Weinberg Memorial Library affirms that Black Lives Matter and we are committed to fighting white supremacy and anti-Black racism on campus, in the Library, and within our community.
Library faculty, staff, and administration will continue to engage in anti-racist practices and show a strong commitment to initiatives that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, such as in-depth book discussions, workshops, and trainings. We support Father Pilarz’s message to the University Community to make diversity and inclusion a priority. To that end, we will continue to build our collections in race and ethnic studies and social justice areas.
Anti-racist work is truly lifelong learning, and it is clear that we need to recommit ourselves to the hard work of understanding and dismantling the racism that is etched deeply into our nation’s history.
We will continue to learn, grow, and educate ourselves on the realities of the world for our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) students and colleagues.
Please feel free to reach out to Interim Dean of the Library, Jean Lenville, or Assistant Dean, Sheli Pratt-McHugh with your thoughts, questions, or suggestions.
Additional Resources and Statements:
In support of the demands made by students and alumni, and reiterated by faculty, for trainings and workshops on anti-racism, the Library has put together a list of resources available to the University community on Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism. This is not exhaustive and will continue to grow as we add resources to our collections.
American Library Association Statement: http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2020/06/ala-statement-condemning-police-violence-against-bipoc-protesters-and
Pennsylvania Library Association Statement: https://www.palibraries.org/blogpost/1652016/349256/Message-from-2020-President-Michele-Legate