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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.
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
Teddy Gyamfi - Evening Access Services Manager
Click here to learn about the committee's deeds since its creation in Summer 2020.
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:
- Antiracism Resources
- Asian Studies
- Becoming an Antiracist Educator
- Black Lives Matter
- Black & Africana Studies
- Latin American Studies
- LGBTQ+ Studies
- Native American Studies
- Women and Gender Studies