Diversity Action Plan, January 2023

The Auburn University Libraries have prepared a roadmap for increased inclusive excellence at Auburn University.

Read more about how we are striving to enhance inclusion through strategic commitment: Diversity Action Plan, January 2023.



On February 15, 2023, Dr. Chris Roberts, President of Auburn University, hosted an Auburn University United Way Campaign Coordinator "Thank You" reception. Shade Aladebumoye (second from right) served as the Libraries’ campaign coordinator in 2023. The 2023 AU campaign raised $124,039 in pledges from 860 employees!


On December 9, 2022, AU Libraries participation in the annual City of Auburn Toy Drive was a huge success. The library elves took delivery of our haul to the Auburn fire station.

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On December 2, 2022, The Inclusive Excellence Programming Fund Review Committee awarded the libraries a $2,000 grant, with AUL providing a matching $2,000. The grant is in support of the AUL Undergraduate Leadership Fellow Program. From the award, “The Office of Inclusion and Diversity wishes you the best with your program, and we are certain it will have an important impact on our community. We appreciate the time, effort, and talent you contributed to your application and the subsequent efforts that will occur afterwards. I am excited to remain supportive of this effort in any way in the coming months.” As per the OID grant, Hailey Davis (first generation) and Mathew Nagel (first-generation) student were awarded the fellowship for Spring’23. Both the fellows worked on a unique project with their individual mentors and presented on their project the skills/ experience gained through the project at the end of the semester. Key Highlights: It is noteworthy to mention that Matthew was hired to intern with Amazon solely based on his experience with the libraries project. Both fellows mentioned that they are shy, and that this opportunity gave them confidence to present to an audience and gain ownership of the project. They appreciated the leadership, team spirit and knowledge and skills that they learnt through the project working with their mentors and fellow student employees.
Website link: https://www.lib.auburn.edu/hr/jobs/leadership-fellows.php



On January 15th, 2024, eleven library employees attended the AU MLK Scholarship Breakfast sponsored by the dean of the libraries. Janet, Margaret, Melinda, Fran, Brenda, Shade, Isabel, Jaena, Nicole, Tim, and Dean Zhang attended the event which falls on a holiday. Attendees enjoyed a wonderful event with excellent programs.

On January 5th, 2024, the DEI events group coordinated and led the Toy drive. A total of 71 toys were given to Project Uplift which is more than last year. Congratulations to everyone who made the Libraries’ toy drive successful. They helped make many children’s holidays brighter.

On December 12th, 2023, the Events committee held the *1st holiday hot cocoa & coffee bar event for the AU libraries employees. The event was very well organized by the events group members and had great attendance. Everyone enjoyed the different beverages and cookies while getting to know each other with the questions form informally assigned to each table.

During the month of October through November 2023, the DEI events committee members kicked off the new fiscal year with Fall door decoration. Every department in the libraries actively participated in the event with their creativity and showcased their skills.

On July 11, 2023, the DEI committee sponsored a library-wide workshop entitled “Shared Purpose, Shared Futures”, facilitated by Dr. Mark Wilson, director of the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities. Two identical sessions were offered to accommodate differing schedules and a total of 44 library employees attended. During the sessions, attendees participated in small and large-group discussions to reflect on the mission of AU Libraries and the ways in which we collaborate for success. Twenty-two workshop participants responded to a feedback survey about the workshop. Overall, feedback was positive; however, comments also revealed a need for better communication from the DEI committee about how workshops relate to the Diversity Action Plan and on the content of workshops in registration information. In response, the DEI Directors: 1. Sent the consolidated feedback and information about how the workshop supported the DAP to library employees, and 2. arranged a meeting with AU Human Resources representatives. All AUL Staff & A&P employees had the opportunity to attend the meeting and ask questions related to compensation, job titles, and various benefits.


On March 17, 2023, AU Libraries for the third year has sponsored 21 employees, which includes faculty, A&P and staff who were interested to attend the Women’s summit. It was a daylong event with useful sessions and an empowering keynote from speaker Stacy Brown the co-founder of Chicken Salad Chick.

On January 16, 2023, AU Libraries sponsored a table at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast *for the library faculty and staff to attend as part of its ongoing efforts to promote DEI within the Libraries and the University. The scholarship breakfast was the kickoff to Auburn’s 2023 MLK Week, a series of events designed to celebrate and learn about the life of King and his fight for civil rights. The scholarship breakfast was led by the National Forum for Black Public Administrators—East Alabama Chapter, in collaboration with Auburn University’s Office of University Outreach and the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, or OID. *Collins Rudolph, known as “the fifth little girl,” was the featured panelist at this year’s breakfast during Auburn’s MLK Week celebrations. Approximately 180 people attended in person for the first time since 2020 to celebrate King's life and legacy.

The 3rd Creative Explorations by Auburn University Libraries *ended successfully on * November 16th, 2022 as part of our re-occurring K-12 outreach program with local middle schools. Sessions lasted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brenda and Margaret initiated the collaboration and partnership with the school media specialist and the principal. Twenty-one Notasulga school students actively participated in the program coordinated by Madhu Nadar. Chelsy and Jonah the dynamic duo presented the Adobe express and 3D designing sessions. The school has just bought a new 3D printer and the students will get to print what they designed in the session. Piper and Abigail engaged the students with activities to think critically when researching for information. Jesse and Dylan provided the students the opportunity to take apart and put together a computer? Yes! The students were equal to the task and did it very efficiently. Greg, Kasia, Tommy, Joanna and Jennifer reported to assist in quite an interesting hands-on session. Huge shout out to Daffny, Emily, Jayson and Chris Miller! They were the pillars that ensured the success of the event by being there throughout the day. Shade, Janet and Piper efficiently assisted during lunch.

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On July 19th, 2022 ,  Auburn University Libraries hosted Dr. Clara Chu, the Director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor at the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs in the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Thirty-seven library employees attended Dr. Chu’s presentation, entitled  "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Effecting Change – What Can I Do?". A recording of the presentation was sent to an additional 17 employees. Feedback from participants asked for future presentations to: (a) focus on DEI in different areas rather than the library as a whole, (b) provide a broader focus rather than just racial/cultural issues, and (c) include more engaging/action-oriented training sessions.

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DEI Committee Working Groups met recently for a photo.

DEI Working Group Members


Last updated: 02/12/2024