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Committee for the Promotion of Diversity & Inclusion: Resources overview


Hello! The MIT Libraries CPDI (Committee for the Promotion of Diversity and Inclusion) libguide serves as a directory of resources about EDISJ (equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice) topics for library and archive workers. Resources here do not serve as comprehensive coverage for each topic, rather they explore themes that CPDI has engaged with since it's beginning in 2011. Some of the resources come from conferences and events members have participated in, others were created by CPDI members themselves. 

About the committee:

The Committee for the Promotion of Diversity and Inclusion's (CDPI) mission is to develop, coordinate and support events, programs, resources, and communications that create an inclusive and equitable environment in which MIT Libraries staff are valued and empowered to effect positive change by actively pursuing a social justice agenda within the Libraries and the communities we serve.

CPDI is committed to embedding diversity, inclusion and social justice throughout the organization’s practices, policies, services, and culture by partnering with staff, students and faculty to advocate for broader adoption and implementation of these goals.

To that end, we commit to the following:

  • Raise awareness of and address issues of power and privilege on a structural as well as at a representational level within and across the organization, our collections and services.
  • Engage with and support marginalized communities as they challenge systemic oppression.
  • Highlight and uplift the voices and visibility of marginalized communities in our events, programs, resources and communication.
  • Hold the Libraries accountable to our stated values.
  • Categorically reject the concept of library neutrality.​
  • CPDI will also act in an advisory and support role for the Libraries leadership as well as groups and individuals within the MIT community and beyond that are involved in or wish to engage in DISJ work.

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MIT Libraries mission and values statements:

  • The MIT Libraries aspires to advance knowledge by providing a trusted foundation for the generation, dissemination, use, creative engagement with, and preservation of information, in support of the MIT mission and so that it can be brought to bear on the world’s great challenges and in the cause of social justice.

By pursuing Social Justice and an Ethic of Care

  • We foster deep respect and understanding for human beings inside and outside our organization and the communities in which they live; we approach our work and one another from an ethic of care.
  • We aim to provide equitable service to all people, regardless of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, or national or ethnic origin.
  • We place special emphasis on services that are welcoming and inclusive of members of groups who are currently and/or have historically been marginalized or denied full participation in society.
  • We strive to promote many voices, and to reflect diversity of both knowledge itself and ways of knowing in our collections, and in our approach to information management and organization.
  • We aspire to leverage the work, values, and resources of libraries and archives as forces for social justice in our communities.

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