Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility
Mapping Prejudice: Promoting racial justice in the community
In September 2022, Mapping Prejudice launched its first Community Fellowship program, aimed at developing relationships with local change-makers who are working for racial equity and housing justice. Six fellows participated in the inaugural nine-month fellowship, working directly with Libraries staff and utilizing data collected by the Mapping Prejudice team to support their own community-based projects. Fellows included an educator, housing and transportation activists, an insights and innovation strategist, and an author.
Patricia Izek is the inaugural DEIA Director
Patricia Izek joined the Libraries in January 2023 as Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA). Previously, she served as the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Consultant at the U of M Office of Human Resources.
Since joining the Libraries, Patricia has implemented a number of key DEIA initiatives, including:
- Aligning and reenergizing the Libraries Accessibility Committee (LASC) and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership Committee (DEI-LC), which have collectively worked to update committee charges, investigate funding opportunities, and facilitate relationship building within and beyond the Libraries.
- Facilitating staff-wide conversations through the Libraries Antiracism Community of Practice.
- Collaborating with the U of M’s Office of Equity and Diversity to provide DEIA training for library departments.
- Examining ways to improve feedback when reviewing job candidates’ presentations.