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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Diversity Action Plan, January 2023

The Auburn University Libraries have prepared a roadmap for increased inclusive excellence at Auburn University.

Read more about how we are striving to enhance inclusion through strategic commitment: Diversity Action Plan, January 2023.


United Way Campaign FY’23

Shade Aladebumoye (second from right) served as the Libraries’ campaign coordinator in the recent United Way Campaign which raised more than $124,000 for United Way of Lee County.

Read more about Shade's efforts in the United Way of Lee County's Newsletter.

On   January 16 ,   2023,  AU Libraries sponsored a table at the   Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast *for the library faculty and staff to attend   as part of its ongoing efforts   to promote DEI within the Libraries and the University.   The scholarship breakfast was the kickoff to Auburn’s 2023 MLK Week, a series of events designed to celebrate and learn about the life of King and his fight for civil rights.   The scholarship breakfast was led by the National Forum for Black Public Administrators—East Alabama Chapter, in collaboration with Auburn University’s Office of University Outreach and the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, or OID. *Collins Rudolph, known as “the fifth little girl,” was the featured panelist at this year’s breakfast during Auburn’s MLK Week celebrations. Approximately 180 people attended in person for the first time since 2020 to celebrate King’s life and legacy.

December 9th, 2022 , AU Libraries participation in the annual   City of Auburn Toy Drive  was a huge success. The library elves took delivery of our haul to the Auburn fire station.

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On   December 2, 2022 ,The   Inclusive Excellence Programming Fund Review Committee  awarded the libraries a $2,000 grant, with AUL providing a matching $2,000. The grant is in support of the AUL Undergraduate Leadership Fellow Program. From the award, “The Office of Inclusion and Diversity wishes you the best with your program, and we are certain it will have an important impact on our community. We appreciate the time, effort, and talent you contributed to your application and the subsequent efforts that will occur afterwards. I am excited to remain supportive of this effort in any way in the coming months.”


3rd   Creative Explorations by Auburn University Libraries *ended successfully on * November 16th, 2022  as part of our re-occurring K-12 outreach program with local middle schools. Sessions lasted 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Brenda and Margaret initiated the collaboration and partnership with the school media specialist and the principal. Twenty-one Notasulga school students actively participated in the program coordinated by Madhu Nadar. Chelsy and Jonah the dynamic duo presented the Adobe express and 3D designing sessions. The school has just bought a new 3D printer and the students will get to print what they designed in the session. Piper and Abigail engaged the students with activities to think critically when researching for information. Jesse and Dylan provided the students the opportunity to take apart and put together a computer? Yes! The students were equal to the task and did it very efficiently. Greg, Kasia, Tommy, Joanna and Jennifer reported to assist in quite an interesting hands-on session. Huge shout out to Daffny, Emily, Jayson and Chris Miller! They were the pillars that ensured the success of the event by being there throughout the day. Shade, Janet and Piper efficiently assisted during lunch.

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On   July 19th, 2022 , Auburn University Libraries hosted Dr. Clara Chu, the Director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor at the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs in the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Thirty-seven library employees attended Dr. Chu’s presentation, entitled   Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Effecting Change – What Can I Do?  A recording of the presentation was sent to an additional 17 employees. Feedback from participants asked for future presentations to: (a) focus on DEI in different areas rather than the library as a whole, (b) provide a broader focus rather than just racial/cultural issues, and (c) include more engaging/action-oriented training sessions.

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DEI Committee Working Groups met recently for a photo.

DEI Working Group Members



Check back soon for more updates on our efforts towards diversity, equity and inclusion.

Last updated: 04/17/2023