Diversity Statement

The Joseph T. Simpson Public Library (Simpson Library) is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive community center in which all patrons, employees, and volunteers feel welcomed and can thrive. We are committed to providing equitable access to all facets of the library experience and to providing the resources that further these objectives.

Simpson Library strives to establish a community experience in which diverse identities, experiences and ideas are valued and human dignity is affirmed. Part of the Simpson Library learning experience is to celebrate our patrons’ differences and similarities, confront stereotypes and biases, and develop an understanding of historical and contemporary struggles and victories in the face of injustice.

Creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive community center is an ongoing and evolving process. The Board of Trustees, employees and volunteers challenge ourselves to do this work on a personal and institutional level, with empathy and mutual respect.

What does Simpson Library mean by diversity, equity, and inclusion?

Diversity is the recognition and representation of varied identities and differences (age, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, socio-economic status, language, political viewpoint, thinking and communication styles). Simpson Library seeks to engage and learn from this variety of perspectives and to understand our similarities and to value our differences.

Equity strives to ensure fair treatment, equality of opportunity, and fairness in access to information, resources and activities.

Inclusion builds a community of belonging by actively inviting, welcoming, hearing and involving the diverse voices of all trustees, administrators, employees, volunteers, patrons and residents.

Adopted November 24, 2020 by the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library Board of Trustees

 

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December 08, 2020