For the new school year, the MUL’s Diversity Cluster will host some ongoing and some new activities. The first one was a Multi-Lingual Greeting Card that we sent to all library staff, the goal was to highlight the number of languages spoken by people in the library. It was an interesting exercise and we were surprised to learn that at least 10 languages are (truly) represented in our workforce.
For next year, it’ll be interesting to do something with all the languages represented at Miami for that, we’ll probably have to check the Office of International Education’s website -including this interactive page.
Early this month, we also invited Dr. Ron Scott, VP for Institutional Diversity. He came to speak at our general staff meeting and shared with us the university’s goals/efforts to increase diversity on campus.
Other activities for the fall semester include:
- Hispanic Heritage Month, a LibGuides page where we’ll list selected authors, books, and related events both at Miami and on the web.
- Film Screening and Discussion, “The danger of a single story: Chimamanda Adichie” facilitated by Dr. Ray Terrell, Assistant Dean for Research and Diversity in the School of EHS.
- Social Justice Read-In, in collaboration with the Center for American and World Cultures, we’ll host a 2 hrs event as part of the Eighth Annual Human Rights and Social Justice Program at Miami.
…and on a separate/related note, the Diversity in Academe supplement from the Chronicle of Higher Education was just published.
I think this that’s it for now, nos vemos pronto!