Diversity and Inclusion

Iowa State University defines diversity broadly to include age, gender, culture, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic background and ability (Institutional Statement on Diversity). The University Library actively supports the celebration and advancement of diversity on campus through the collections, programming and services offered.

University Library Diversity Statement

A diverse community, steeped in openness and collegial respect, is essential to the success of academic libraries. The Iowa State University Library affirms the University's commitment to foster an environment of inclusion that moves beyond simple tolerance to recognizing the richness in individual identities of all people. The Library celebrates and advances diversity by establishing and cultivating:

  • An equitable, accessible and welcoming learning environment;
  • Collections, services, and programs that reflect a variety of perspectives and lived experiences; and
  • An organization that attracts and retains a diverse workforce.

Through these principles, the Library fosters a vibrant and inclusive culture that honors diversity as a core value.

(Adopted 9/2015)

University Library Position Description Diversity Statement

The following statement has been approved for inclusion in all new and revised University Library position descriptions and job postings:

ISU students, staff, and faculty strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our society.  Library staff must embrace an environment of inclusion that moves beyond simple tolerance to recognizing the richness in individual identities of people, and diverse perspectives.

(Adopted 10/15)