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

Signed by:

Melissa Abernathy

Derek Antler

Carrie Barton

Bee Bornheimer

Mark Estes

Niran Fattohi

David Isom

Michele Knapp

Jane Larrington

Robert Lee

Judith Lihosit

Ana Montes

Inna Muradyan

Sasha Nuñez

Julianne Odin

Liz Parker

Fatemeh Zafarani