Our Commitment to You


We are committed to provide and support a welcoming, safe, and inclusive environment for all members of our diverse campus community.

Our Statement on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)

The EWU Libraries and Learning Commons are committed to provide and support a welcoming, safe and inclusive environment for all members of our diverse campus community. Our commitment reflects the long-standing pledge to DEI within the library profession and incorporates the diversity and inclusion goals of EWU Strategic Plan 2018-2023: we EMBRACE equity and social justice.

EWU Libraries and Learning Commons strive to promote the value and importance of DEI and adhere to the principles and practices of DEI among our spaces, collections, services, and personnel throughout the organization:

  • We support the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights affirming that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that seven basic policies should guide their services.
  • We strive to balance access to, and ownership of, information resources that offer the widest possible range of viewpoints.
  • We strive to ensure that our students, faculty and staff have equitable access to our resources.
  • We strive to build a workplace culture that values and recognizes diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the organization as part of the core responsibilities of every employee.
  • We actively participate in and support the celebration of DEI on campus through our diverse collections, inclusive programming, and collaborative efforts with campus and community partnerships.
  • We join our fellow Orbis Cascade Alliance members in affirming our commitment to equity and inclusion.

Freedom of Information, Free from Censorship

Our resources are provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all of the campus community. These materials are not excluded due to the origin, age, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.

We strive to provide materials and information presenting all points of view.

Materials are not proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

We challenge censorship and cooperate with those concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.

First Amendment & Censorship

Your Rights & Access

All EWU campus members have the right to use the library free from discrimination, and the right to privacy and confidentiality related to library use, without loss of individual safety. Library workers have a right to a safe workplace free from bias and discrimination.

Hate speech and hate conduct are not tolerated in the library. The American Library Association defines hate speech or conduct as:

“any form of expression or action through which speakers or actors intend to vilify, humiliate, or incite hatred against a group or a class of persons on the basis of race, religion, skin color, sexual identity, gender identity, ethnicity, disability, or national origin.”

We provide aid and support to victims of such crimes and those targeted by hateful conduct.

Access to public exhibit and gathering spaces within JFK Library is available on an equitable basis to the EWU community. Read more about requesting space in JFK Library.

Adapted from the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights.

Freedom of Speech on EWU’s Campus

DEI Statements & Standards from Our National Professional Organizations

Resources

DEI Research Databases

The American Mosaic is just one of our A - Z databases.

Visit All Databases, A-Z

Black History Month Resources

February 2021

View Resources

Streaming DEI Video on AVON

Film Platform is an example of an AVON DEI-rich channel.

View Entire Collection

DEI Topics

Our Strategy

As part of the EWU Strategic Plan, we embrace equity and social justice.

We are recognized as a model diversity-serving institution. We embrace changing demographics and changing societal needs. Through culturally responsive curricula and campus activities, we work tirelessly to promote understanding and reduce disparity and inequity. Communities flourish when multiple perspectives converge to create a powerful vision for all. EWU fosters a campus life that is vibrant, welcoming, and supportive of all. We provide opportunities for open thought and dialogue. As the state’s premier public diversity-serving institution, we are committed to catalyzing an equitable and inclusive climate on our campuses and in our communities.