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Copley Library Diversity and Inclusion Resources: Home

This guide provides the USD community with resources and information to support institutional and personal learning about diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility topics. It is a living document and will be updated on an ongoing basis.


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Copley Library Statement against Racism

Copley Library Statement Against Racism

March 2021

Copley Library acknowledges the existence of and condemns all events of racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and hate endangering the lives of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in our local and global communities or here at USD. Most recently, the murders of Asian women and others in Atlanta, Georgia as well as the increasing number of anti-AAPI attacks in California and nationwide disheartens us and reaffirms our commitment to eradicating racism and other systemic oppressive structures. We agree and support the statements sent out by others on campus including, but not limited to: Black Faculty Statement, Black Student Resource Commons, and a variety of faculty across schools.

Copley Library’s mission is to serve all students, staff, and faculty regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, or gender expression. Copley Library is a welcoming and safe haven for all on campus and a place that provides care for our community. We are committed to educating and supporting the university community by creating a designated DEIA resources budget in order to have a more robust DEIA collection, updating the DEIA LibGuide with news and events, using the library digital and physical space to celebrate diversity, invite speakers to discuss issues related to DEIA, among other actionable ideas to keep ourselves accountable. Below are a collection of resources and statements developed by library organizations:

APALA COVID-19 Resources

Fighting Anti-Asian Racism: Tools for Libraries - Intellectual Freedom Blog

2021 APALA COVID-19 Resources

As we work toward our goals, the DEIA LibGuide will serve as a dynamic public record of our accountability and commitment towards creating a more inclusive environment and collection for students, staff, and faculty.


Martha Adkins

Amy Besnoy

Hugh Burkhart

Theresa Byrd

Kathleen Dang

Jasmin de Unamuno

V. Dozier

Michael Epstein

Cindy Espineli

Millicent Fullmer

Leslie Hovland

Karla Kalin

Jordan Kobayashi

Diane Maher

Amanda Makula

Christopher Marcum

Alejandra Nann

Karen O'Grady

Catherine Paolillo

Marguerite Peoples

Angela Perine

Adam Rickey

Steven Staninger

Laura Turner

Julie Wright

Statement was developed in March 2021 by the Copley Library Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Committee (Alejandra Nann, V. Dozier, Jordan Kobayashi, Catherine Paolillo, and Angela Perine).

About the DEIA Committee

The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Committee will assist the library in creating an equitable and diverse environment by working with library employees and collaborating with campus partners to explore and develop the collection, programming, professional development, services, and additional content for the university community. 

Current Members:

V. Dozier (Chair)

Martha Adkins

Jordan Kobayashi

Catherine Paolillo

Past Members:

Alejandra Nann (Chair; 2020 - 2021)

Angela Perine (Member; 2020 - 2021)

Let us know what you think!

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We invite you to share your experiences at USD, information about your academic research, DEIA activism, community work, and/or any resources you'd like to recommend to others at USD and beyond using this form.