Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility at the LRC

LRC’s Statement on Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Accessibility

As librarians and staff of the Pardee Legal Research Center, we acknowledge that systemic biases in the legal system, higher education, and society can inhibit or prohibit meaningful access to legal knowledge and education. These biases include, but are not limited to: racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, sexism, cissexism, homophobia, classism, ageism, and ableism. We recognize that we can combat these systemic biases in service of the LRC’s mission by acting on frameworks rooted in diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. We will not allow acts of intolerance and hate to diminish the rights and safety of those who visit our spaces and use our resources and services. We therefore commit to:

  • Incorporate and promote a diversity of cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints in our collections and programming
  • Pursue equity in all of our services
  • Ensure inclusion of library users regardless of race, gender, sexuality, or other inherent identity
  • Make library collections, services, and spaces accessible to library users regardless of disability or language skills

LRC DEIA Committee

LRC Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility Committee Member. The Legal Research Center Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Committee developes and promotes DEIA efforts in library policies, practices, programming, services, and hiring. The mission of the committee is to provide consistent leadership, awareness, and support to the USD community and library staff in creating a welcoming and caring environment for our students, faculty, staff, and other library patrons.The LRC's diversity, equity, inclusivity, and accessibility initiatives are coordinated by the LRC DEIA Committee. Find out more about the the LRC's DEIA initiatives, such as events and monthly research guides, on the committee's website.

The committee welcomes all partnerships and collaborations! Contact co-chairs Melissa Abernathy and Bee Bornheimer.