The mission of Wiggins Memorial Library is to facilitate access to information resources that support learning, teaching, and research; to provide training for effective and ethical use of these resources; and to support the Campbell community through a state-of-the-art academic environment.
The purpose of the Wiggins Memorial Library Cultural Awareness Committee (CAC) is to provide the staff with appropriate resources that will aid in the development of culturally competent library professionals who create a welcoming environment, demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of individual and group identities among their colleagues and the patrons they serve. The committee acknowledges that this work can at times be uncomfortable, and trusts that all members are here to learn, and commits to help one another and our colleagues in that learning process.
The cultural awareness committee will:
1. Plan and implement diversity education activities including but not limited to: common reads, workshops, speakers, and social events coordinated by the CAC.
2. Develop and distribute a comprehensive calendar of cultural/diversity activities--if possible bimonthly, including those not planned by the committee (university events).
3. Monitor the progress of both Wiggins Memorial Library and Campbell University's strategic plan and provide recommendations for initiatives that support the diversity imitative(s) in each plan.
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has developed Diversity Standards for academic libraries (http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/diversity). As stated in their purpose, the ACRL Diversity standards “may serve as a starting point from which libraries can develop local approaches and goals in the context of their organizations’ mission and situation.” The CAC will use the standards as a guide when planning and implementing diversity education activities for WML staff.
Membership WML staff including graduate assistants are welcome to join the committee.
LaKeshia Darden (Leader)
National attention has been focused on overt racial tensions on college campuses across the country. But what about smaller, subtle, more persistent forms of racism? Special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault speaks to Derald Wing Sue of Teachers College at Columbia University about the ways that everyday “microaggressions” can affect people.
Across college campuses and social media, younger generations have started to challenge those fleeting comments that seem innocent but leave uneasy feelings behind.