New Statement on Equity in Special Collections

Diversity and Equity

The University Library is pleased to share the recently released Statement on Equity in Special Collections, Archives, and Distinctive Collections in the University of California Libraries. The Heads of Special Collections of the UC System worked collaboratively to develop this statement. The group of leaders of Special Collections at each UC campus recognized their role and agency in addressing historic wrongs and worked to conceive an actionable statement about how they intend to effect change within the institution by "develop[ing] practices that counteract a paradigm of racist, sexist, and white-centered collecting, description, instruction, and access." The statement is a first small step meant to signal the beginning of a true reflection on and reassessment of this work. The work and all activities of Special Collections & Archives at UCSC are guided by the Statement.


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