Pierce College Library's Diversity Statement
Pierce College’s mission statement expresses the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Library supports this mission and defines diversity as a variety of characteristics that include but are not limited to ethnicity, gender, race, age, sexual orientation, physical abilities, socioeconomic status, and religion. Our commitment to diversity means making all who interact with the Library feel welcomed and respected, which is challenging because we recognize that even educational institutions reproduce hierarchical systems that exclude, marginalize, or oppress non-dominant groups. Because these systems perpetuate the very inequities we believe education should eradicate, the Library seeks to disrupt this cycle as it intersects with information and learning. In that regard, our teaching promotes respect for diversity and inclusion by instilling the critical faculties students need to identify and respond to exclusionary structures and narratives produced by the dominant culture. In doing so, we strive to empower every student to develop their own critical consciousness and potential for transformation of self and society.
This is evolving work. We welcome your feedback and suggested additional resources to help ensure our work represents the fullness of perspectives that the library can bring to our community.