DEI Resource Display

Summer 2024

Celebrating Black Music

June is African American Music Appreciation Month. Created by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, this month of recognition celebrates the African American musical influences that comprise an essential part of our nation’s treasured cultural heritage.

Feel the rhythm, hear the melody, and embrace the soulful journey of Black Music Month with this specially curated library display. From the heart-stirring blues of the Mississippi Delta to the electrifying beats of hip-hop in the Bronx, explore the rich tapestry of African American musical heritage. Dive into biographies of iconic artists who shaped generations, discover the social and cultural impact of jazz, gospel, R&B, and beyond. Let the harmonies of the past and present ignite your passion for the power of music and its ability to unite, inspire, and transcend.

Previous Displays

  • April/May: Age Discrimination | Ageism: Whether you’re seeking to broaden your understanding of age-related issues or advocating for a more inclusive society, this curated display invites our readers to confront ageism and embrace the vibrant tapestry of humanity, where every chapter of life is worthy of celebration and respect. Join us in redefining what it means to grow older and fostering a community where age is celebrated, not marginalized.
  • February/March 2024: Explore the complex depths of societal challenges with our curated collection on “White Privilege, Power, and Supremacy.” Delve into thought-provoking narratives that shed light on the historical roots, contemporary manifestations, and the ongoing efforts to combat this pressing issue. These books aim to foster understanding, empathy, and dialogue in the pursuit of a more inclusive future.
  • January 2024: display featured materials sharing information about and insights into the lives and experiences of immigrants and refugees. We celebrate the strength and courage shown by those who have, both by choice and by necessity, left their home countries to seek opportunity, security, and stability in a new place.
  • November/December 2023: display features books by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) authors, recommended by EWU students through surveys conducted during spring and fall quarters.
  • September/October 2023: Banned Books Week is an annual event bringing public awareness of censorship issues and celebrating the freedom to read. Our display featured works targeted for censorship in libraries and schools because of the opinions expressed or the language used within them. While books have been and continue to be banned, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.
  • Summer 2023: LGBTQA+ Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. EWU Libraries offered a collection of titles that showcase the triumphs and raise awareness of the struggles of the LGBTQA+ community.
  • May 2023: Religion is one of the most powerful forces shaping our human experience. Learning about various forms of religious experience enables us to deepen our understanding of ourselves and others, and gain perspective of events throughout the world and in our communities.
  • Mar./Apr. 2023: Featured materials about implicit bias, microaggressions, and stereotyping. Biases and threats, encompassing both favorable and unfavorable assessments, often happen without an individual’s awareness or intention. 
  • Feb. 2023: Poverty is one of the most pervasive and persistent problems in society. The official national poverty rate in 2021 was 11.6 percent, with 37.9 million Americans in poverty. Our February’s display was designed to draw attention to causes, histories and stories of poverty throughout the nation.
  • Jan. 2023/Dec. 2022: The UN declared December 3rd as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This display featured collected resources and materials raising awareness of situations faced by people with disabilities and chronic health conditions.


The EWU Libraries and Learning Commons is committed to providing and supporting a welcoming, safe and inclusive environment for all members of our diverse campus community. Our commitment reflects the long-standing pledge to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) within the library profession and incorporates the DEI goals of the EWU Strategic Plan.

DEI in the library is about recognizing all members of our campus community, realizing that each individual is unique.

In order to better promote DEI materials and resources in the library collection that help build a foundation for greater understanding in the community, we have created a new, highly visible and accessible topic area in the JFK Lobby, adjacent to the New Books section. While we will continue to feature multicultural resource displays in the central lobby, this permanent DEI location will highlight resources on specific DEI topics and themes that are timely and impactful, in a monthly rotation.

This is a collaborative effort among library faculty and staff, library student workers and campus partners.

Display themes will be generated through shared discussion and campus collaboration, with input from library student workers.

For more information on this initiative, please contact Qing Stellwagen, Associate Professor, Librarian of Diversity and Inclusion Studies, (

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