Our commitment to diversity & inclusivity

At the University of Arizona Libraries, we welcome everyone and every perspective—those that challenge us, motivate us to learn, and broaden our worldview. Diversity is one our five core values, and we're proud to have been in the forefront of diversity and inclusivity efforts on campus for several years. We're committed to doing our part every day. 

We strive to ensure:

  • students, scholars, and staff have equitable access to library resources
  • our recruitment and hiring practices are inclusive and attract candidates that reflect the diversity of our community
  • library employees have equal access for advancement
  • our collections and services reflect the breadth of human experience from many orientations

Diversity, Social Justice and Equity Council

History

Established in the summer of 2016, our Diversity, Social Justice and Equity Council (DSJEC) is charged with developing a sustainable and holistic approach to advancing diversity and inclusion for the Libraries through internal programming and assessment, advisement to leadership, and campus and community outreach. 

In its first year, DSJEC launched a number of initiatives and trainings, including:

  • Hosted workshops on implicit bias, allyship, and inclusive leadership
  • Participated in campus inclusive excellence efforts
  • Completed an inventory of diversity at the Libraries as part of a larger assessment by the UA Office of Diversity and Inclusive Excellence
  • Developed a guide of diversity and inclusion support resources for UA students and faculty

In 2018, these and other achievements implemented by the first two cohorts of DSJEC were recognized when the University Libraries received the Diversity and Inclusion Award from the Society for Human Resource Management of Greater Tucson at its Celebrating Innovation in the Workplace ceremony. That same year, the University of Arizona earned the designation of Hispanic Serving Institution from the U.S. Department of Education in 2018 for its success in the enrollment of Hispanic students and in providing educational opportunities to them.

Membership

  • Joesph Anaya, Health Sciences Library 
  • David Borycz, Library Administration (ex-officio)
  • Steven Chang, Technology Strategy & Services 
  • Bobbie Chong, Marketing Communications & Events 
  • Armando Cruz, Library Administration (ex-officio) 
  • Aly Higgins, User Experience 
  • Mak Jones, Access & Information Services 
  • Chris Nicholson-Miller, Access & Information Services 
  • Jeremiah Paschke-Wood, Student Learning & Engagement 
  • Shelley Peper, Student Learning & Engagement 
  • Alana Varner, Research Engagement  
  • Jesús Villalobos, Access & Information Services 

  • Joseph Anaya, Health Sciences Library 
  • Bethany Bones, Access & Information Services 
  • Armando Cruz, Library Administration (ex-officio) 
  • Amanda Howard, Special Collections 
  • Paula Johnson, Student Learning & Engagement 
  • Jessica Miesner, Access & Information Services 
  • Chris Nicholson-Miller, Access & Information Services 
  • Jeremiah Paschke-Wood, Student Learning & Engagement 
  • Jerry Perry, Library Administration (ex-officio)  
  • Alana Varner, Research Engagement

  • Bethany Bones, Access & Information Services 
  • Armando Cruz, Library Administration (ex-officio) 
  • Mari Herreras, The University of Arizona Press 
  • Amanda Howard, Special Collections 
  • Stephen Hussman, Special Collections 
  • Devin Johnson, Access & Information Services 
  • Paula Johnson, Student Learning & Engagement 
  • Amanda Meeks, Student Learning & Engagement 
  • Jerry Perry, Library Administration (ex-officio) 
  • Alana Varner, Research Engagement 
  • Jackie Yabeny-Bahe, Technology & Strategy Services

  • Patricia Ballesteros, Special Collections 
  • Kristen Buckles, The University of Arizona Press 
  • Armando Cruz, Library Administration (ex-officio) 
  • Mari Herreras, The University of Arizona Press 
  • Stephen Hussman, Special Collections 
  • Devin Johnson, Access & Information Services 
  • Amanda Meeks, Student Learning & Engagement 
  • Jerry Perry, Library Administration (ex-officio) 
  • Kari Quiballo, Access & Information Services 
  • Megan Senseney, Research Engagement 
  • Jackie Yabeny-Bahe, Technology Strategy & Services 

  • Patricia Ballesteros, Special Collections 
  • Kristen Buckles, The University of Arizona Press 
  • Armando Cruz, Library Administration (ex-officio)
  • Octavio Fuentes, Library Administration 
  • Kenya Johnson, Marketing Communications & Events 
  • Monique Lassere, Office of Digital Innovation & Stewardship  
  • Jean McClelland, Health Sciences Library 
  • Jerry Perry, Library Administration (ex-officio) 
  • Kari Quiballo, Access & Information Services 
  • Megan Senseney, Office of Digital Innovation & Stewardship 
  • Ryan Tombleson, Technology Strategy & Services  

  • Arthur Delsing, Libraries Business Center 
  • Octavio Fuentes, Library Administration 
  • Kenya Johnson, Marketing Communications & Events 
  • Shannon Jones, Library Administration (ex-officio) 
  • Monique Lassere, Office of Digital Innovation and Stewardship 
  • Rachel Martinez, Access & Information Services 
  • Jean McClelland, Health Sciences Library 
  • Liz Miller, Delivery, Description, & Acquisitions 
  • Ruby Nugent, Health Sciences Library 
  • Jerry Perry, Library Administration (ex-officio) 
  • Ryan Tombleson, Technology Strategy & Services 

  • Shelly Black, Marketing Communications & Events
  • Bob Diaz, Special Collections 
  • Shannon Jones, Library Administration (ex-officio)
  • Ellen Lawrence-Barnes, Libraries Business Center 
  • David Mayhew, Technology Strategy & Services 
  • Liz Miller, Deliver, Discovery, & Acquisitions 
  • Cheryl Neal, Delivery, Discovery, & Acquisitions 
  • Jennifer Nichols, Office of Digital Innovation and Stewardship 
  • Ruby Nugent, Health Sciences Library 
  • Annabelle Nuñez, Health Sciences Library 
  • Jerry Perry, Library Administration (ex-officio) 
  • Sofia Petropoulos, Office of Digital Innovation and Stewardship 
  • Ping Situ, Research & Learning 
  • Shawna Thompson, Access & Information Services 
  • Niamh Wallace, Research & Learning

  • Shelly Black, Marketing Communications & Events
  • Bob Diaz, Special Collections 
  • Shannon Jones, Library Administration (ex-officio)
  • Ellen Lawrence-Barnes, Libraries Business Center 
  • David Mayhew, Technology Strategy & Services 
  • Cheryl Neal, Delivery, Discovery, & Acquisitions 
  • Annabelle Nuñez, Health Sciences Library 
  • Jerry Perry, Library Administration (ex-officio)
  • Sofia Petropoulos, Office of Digital Innovation and Stewardship 
  • Ping Situ, Research & Learning 
  • Shawna Thompson, Access & Information Services 
  • Niamh Wallace, Research & Learning