IUPUI University Library Diversity Council Charter
Based on Yale University Library’s Diversity Strategic Plan 2006–2008 http://www.library.yale.edu/lhr/diversity/YULDC%20Strategic%20Plan.pdf
Indiana University and IUPUI have long held commitments to diversity. The Indiana University Board of Trustees statement of the University’s Objectives and Ideals states, in part, that ‘Indiana University is committed to the principle of equal educational and occupational opportunities for all persons and to positive action toward elimination of discrimination in all phases of University life, as set forth in the Indiana University Affirmative Action Plan.’ (June 29, 1974, Indiana University Academic Handbook, 1992, p. 2, Appendix F.) In 2006, IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz renewed this commitment and reinvigorated IUPUI’s actions towards the end of making the IUPUI population more representative of our globally diverse community and making IUPUI’s climate welcoming for all students, employees, and visitors. In the Fall of 2007 Chancellor Bantz called for the formation of departmental Diversity Councils whose responsibility it is to create departmental level diversity strategies, initiatives, and goals that aid in reaching the campus-wide IUPUI Diversity Vision, Mission, Values & Goals (http://www.iupui.edu/diversity/vision.html). This document represents IUPUI University Library’s Diversity Council’s work in support of IUPUI’s Diversity Vision, Mission, Values & Goals.
The Diversity Council’s (hereinafter referred to as The Council) overarching goals are to enhance the diversity and cultural competence of our staff so that our workplace continues to evolve into an even more inclusive and congenial environment. This type of atmosphere is conducive to job satisfaction and will in turn lead to even more effective service to our diverse patrons. Additionally we support the increase of the library’s efforts towards being a more inviting place for all our users including university students, faculty, staff, and community members.
The Council recognizes various attributes relating to diversity including, but not limited to, ability, age, cultural heritage, ethnic background, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. Embracing diversity is a key component of excellence in the workplace that allows individuals to reach their full potential. The Council strives to provide a positive work and learning environment which is free of any form of bigotry, harassment, intimidation, threat, or abuse, whether verbal or written, physical or psychological, direct or implied. The Council views multiculturalism and pluralism as essential components of its mission and work.
The Council was formed to enhance the diversity and cultural competence of our employees as well as to create an atmosphere that is supportive of diverse populations and scholarly activity reflecting diverse populations. Ultimately this leads to a work environment more conducive to job satisfaction and a collection of facilities, research resources, and research assistance that more effectively serves our diverse patrons.
Members are elected for a term of 2 years, serving no more than 2 consecutive terms. Preferably, 1/3 to 1/2 of the committee members will be a carry-over from the previous committee. It is suggested but not required that at least 1, but no more than 3, IUPUI University Library student employee(s) be sought for service on the Diversity Council.
Officer terms last 1 year. Officers each serve no more than 2 consecutive 1-year terms in the same office. The Chair must be a ULFO or ULSG member. Officers are nominated by any member of The Council during the first Council meeting in June, which is called to order by the Past Chair. A quorum of Council members is required for electing officers. Officers are elected by secret ballot by The Council.
In the event that the Chair relinquishes his/her position prior to the expiration of his/her term the Dean of University Library, considering input and suggestions from The Council, may appoint a replacement to complete the relinquished Chair’s term.
Proposed modifications may be discussed prior to a meeting of The Council and must be discussed at a meeting of The Council prior to voting. Decisions regarding modifications are reached via a secret ballot vote by The Council. A proposal is passed if 2/3 majority vote is reached.