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Special Collections Student Dashboard: Diversity & Inclusion in Archives

This is the dashboard for all Special Collections primary service points.

DEI in Archives

"Archives are never neutral but, rather, exist to reinforce existing colonial hierarchies as inevitable and natural by classifying some individuals as observers and others as observed. We can learn much by looking beyond the colonial vantage point and extending our gaze past the words captured in archival records. The inherent cultural, social, and language differences must be considered when examining interactions between [communities] in archival records." -McCracken (2019)



Diversity in Special Collections

 We commit to immediate and enduring work to elevate the narratives, perspectives, and expertise of the marginalized: those who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latinx, persons of color, immigrants, women, neurodiverse, disabled people, and those from the LGBTQ+ communities. 

In doing this work, we acknowledge the following:

  • Archives and archivists are not neutral. Archives exist within systems that have traditionally privileged and welcomed narratives of the wealthy and powerful, particularly cisgender, heterosexual white men, and have often perpetuated practices that marginalize, suppress, and harm those with other perspectives and experiences.
  • We cannot fully understand the experience of marginalized communities.
  • We are not experts in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work. This work, however, is an ongoing departmental priority and deserves our dedication, engagement, and willingness to act and to listen.
  • We recognize our institutional and individual privileges as well as our responsibility to collaborate with local and professional communities in addressing DEI issues.

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