July 12, 2016 Meeting of Diversity Committee

Time and Location of Meeting

July 12, 201610:00 am 225 B Main Library

Agenda Details


Heather Murphy – Minute Taker

I. Approve May Minutes

II. Sarah Christensen and Nisha Mody: initiating a chapter of the Human Library
A. from Sarah’s e-mail:
1.   Nisha Mody, a GSLIS student, and me have met a couple of times to initiate a Human Library chapter in Champaign-Urbana. Human Library events consist of individuals with unique life experiences acting as “books” to be checked out for short minute conversations. More information can be found here: http://humanlibrary.org.
We would love to collaborate with the Diversity Committee on this event.

III. Evaluation of Potluck
A. Considerations should we host this event next year.
1. We did receive an e-mail from Alissa Marcum which mentioned that this year’s date was during the first week of Ramadan, wondering if in the future it could be hosted the week prior.

IV. ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services, United Nations Remember Slavery Programme – National Lecture Series (Greg)
A. Should we host a lecture (it would need to be between August 21 – Oct. 30)
B. If so, who could we ask to speak on this theme?
1. Erik’s contribution: Rajmohan Ghandi would be an exciting person to ask lecture.  He is with the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and has written a book comparing the American and Indian Civil Wars…
1a.  Looking into the Dept of History here’s a list of faculty whose research might align, Ikuko Asaka, Sundiata Cha-Jua, Bruce Levine, Erik McDuffie, Kevin Mumford
2.  It might be possible to coordinate with Illinois Program for Research in the humanities (IPRH).  I think that Harriet has worked with IPRH on an event(s) in the past…

V. Diversity and Multicultural Information LibGuide
A. Updates and Next Steps (if any).

VI. Other News and Updates.

Items shelved for the August meeting:
1) Cindy’s work with Lori Mestre regarding the recent practicum and Diversity resource themed compass (blackboard) page.
2) ClimateQUAL Update, Including the Focus Groups scheduled for later this month.
3) Reviewing the Library Diversity statement.
4) Update regarding the recent appointment of an Associate Provost of Diversity: how the committee might collaborate with this office.

Minutes Details


Qiang Jin, Greg Knott, Heather Murphy, Zoe Revell, Ben Riegler, Ellen Swain
Absent: Erik Chapman, Harriett Green, Cindy Ingold, Laila Moustafa, JJ Pionke


Heather Murphy – Minute Taker

I.    Approve May Minutes
Approved with one change: to add Qiang Jin to those present

II.    Sarah Christensen and Nisha Mody: initiating a chapter of the Human Library
Sarah and Nisha presented to the Committee their plans to create a Champaign-Urbana Human Library chapter and to host a pilot event on the evening of September 22 which would coincide with Inclusive Illinois and the Pygmalion Festival.  The event would be open to the campus and community and feature marginalized identities as the books. Help the day of the event is needed, but first and foremost, assistance is needed with recruiting and screening approximately 10 diverse books.  The Committee offered to help get the word out (Greg Knott can help via Parkland College); Zoe Revell suggested Sarah and Nisha create flyers and post them at the public libraries, local farmer’s markets, Independent Media Center (IMC), etc.  Sarah and Nisha will give the Committee access to their Box folder for the initiative.

III.    Evaluation of Potluck
All in attendance agreed the potluck was a success and that there was a great turnout. It was a consensus to coordinate another potluck next year around the same time (late May/early June) avoiding scheduling it during Ramadan or on any other conflicting holidays.

IV.    ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services, United Nations Remember Slavery Programme – National Lecture Series (Greg)
The Committee discussed hosting a lecture in late September (with a reception after), perhaps coinciding with Inclusive Illinois, in 126 GSLIS. Zoe Revell suggested Dr. Anderson from Education as someone to reach out to; Greg Knott will follow up.

V.    Diversity and Multicultural Information LibGuide
Since committees are not allowed to have LibGuides, there was discussion to offer any tools or resources through a tool box instead on the Diversity & Multicultural Information web page (http://www.library.illinois.edu/diversity/).

VI.    Other News and Updates
ClimateQUAL focus groups need participants; Committee members were urged to encourage their department colleagues to participate.