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IDEA - Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism

“Keeping the conversations going.”  

Purpose and Mission

The Library’s IDEA Committee exists to develop and promote IDEA efforts in Library policies, practices, programming, and services. It will also promote and reflect SUNY Geneseo's Diversity, Inclusivity, and Equity principles.

The mission of the committee is to educate the college community and Library staff in creating a welcoming and supportive community for our students, faculty, and staff. Our acronym stands for Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism, hence IDEA.

IDEA Committee Charge

The IDEA Committee is charged with finding ways to promote the college's values of diversity, equity, & inclusion with the Library by offering or recommending educational programming to Library staff on IDEA concepts; helping the library demonstrate its appreciation of the diverse student body; and reviewing Library services or initiatives to be more inclusive of IDEA frameworks.

The committee is also charged to focus awareness on the necessity to foster the ideas of inclusivity, diversity, and equity.

This awareness should not only be confined to the library, but be extended to the campus as a whole.

Active members

Alessandra Otero Ramos (Chair) - Research Instruction Librarian; Liaison of Arts and Humanities

Becky Leathersich (IDEA representative in the President’s Commission on Diversity and Community) - Research Instruction Librarian; Liaison to Education and Psychology

Leah Root - Web Services Developer

Brandon West - Head of Library Research Instruction Services

Sherry Larson-Rhodes - First Year Experience Librarian; Liaison to Communication, Geography, Languages & Literatures

Teddy Gyamfi - Evening Access Services Manager

2021 Initiatives

The IDEA committee developed a Library Statement of Solidarity on Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Anti-Racism. The committee solicited input from all Library departments and staff, and incorporated the input into the Statement. The Statement is available on the following website pages:

2020 Initiatives

July - The Library’s IDEA committee was created to support and reflect SUNY Geneseo's Diversity, Inclusivity, and Equity principles.

September - With the purpose of exploring the knowledge that the staff has about inclusion, diversity, equity, and anti-racism, the committee members created and shared the Library Staff Survey. During this month the members met to watch the webinar DEI Committees: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, hosted by the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries Libraries (ASERL).

October - The library held the Online Human Books Event, a four-hour-long event that was promoted as part of the agenda of Cultural Harmony week and coordinated by the IDEA committee members. The committee also met with Lytton Smith to collaborate on a reading list for Black History Month (February).

November - A “Diverse Books” category was created to identify books of authors of diverse backgrounds in the NaRMO website.

December - Becky Leathersich and Alessandra Otero submitted a proposal for the 2021 Diversity Summit.

The IDEA Committee also met with other library committees to talk about how we can better put our services forward. One of those committees is KnightScholar.


Since its creation, members of the IDEA Committee have been updating the research guides with diverse resources and language. Most of the guides updated so far are those of the Interdisciplinary Minors & Cultural Studies, including: