Systemic Racism in Pollak Library

  • Over the last five years, two BIPOC tenure-track librarians have left because of racism.
  • Over the last five years, three BIPOC library staff (two African-American men and one Asian-American woman) have left or retired early because of racism.
  • Over the past two years, proposals for Latinx murals and branding have been ignored or quashed because of racism.
  • Last year, a tenured female Asian-American Librarian was involuntarily removed from the Library Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee after speaking out about racism in library administration hiring practices.

There are far more examples, but we limit ourselves to these four summary statements of fact.

Pollak Library is out of alignment with our campus values and commitment to diversity, inclusion, and faculty rights.