Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, & Access

Chaundra Johnson

"The Utah State Library and staff affirm their commitment to treating all people with respect and dignity. All libraries should have the ongoing mission to provide equitable access to resources and services for all communities. We recognize and value Utah’s diverse population and voices. This work takes courage and compassion and we stand with all persons seeking justice and an end to any discriminatory practice that undermines the value of human life."
Chaundra Johnson, State Librarian

What is Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, & Access?

Equity & Access

Equity extends beyond equality—fairness and universal access—to deliberate and intentional efforts to create service delivery models that will make sure that community members have the resources they need. Often these needs are different not only as the result of race and ethnicity but also owing to religious beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, or physical ability.  American Library Association, 2019


Diversity can be defined as the sum of the ways that people are both alike and different.  Visible diversity is generally those things we cannot change and are external.  However, diversity goes beyond this to what we call ‘invisible’ diversity.  Invisible diversity includes those attributes that are not readily seen. So, when we recognize, value, and embrace diversity, we are recognizing, valuing, and embracing the uniqueness of each individual.  American Library Association, 2017


Inclusion means an environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully; are valued for their distinctive skills, experiences, and perspectives; have equal access to resources and opportunities; and can contribute fully to the organization’s success.  American Library Association, 20XX

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, & Access Resources


Cristina Reyes
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