Diversity Statement

Diversity is a core value of JMU, JMU Libraries, and librarianship. Knowledge is enriched by diverse perspectives and participation. JMU Libraries recognizes current and historical biases in our society and works to actively foster an inclusive environment for the JMU communities. To that end, JMU Libraries strives to:

  • Create equitable, accessible, and welcoming spaces;
  • Provide collections, services, and programs that reflect a variety of perspectives and lived experiences;
  • Provide ongoing training and support for all JMU Libraries employees in developing cultural competencies; and
  • Be an organization that attracts and retains a diverse workforce.

Inspired by statements from MIT Libraries and Iowa State University Library.

JMU utilizes this glossary to help create a shared understanding of terms, based on a recommendation from the JMU Task Force on Racial Equity.