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Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Research Guide

A research guide highlighting library resources useful for research into diversity issues.
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) Committee

The IDEA Committee advances the mission of the University of Maryland Libraries by providing leadership, lending support, and serving as a resource within the Libraries' community and beyond in the areas of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access.


Second Annual Black History Month Read-a-Thon

The UMD Libraries’ Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) Committee, in partnership with the Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy (MICA) is very excited to announce the Second Annual Black History Month Read-a-Thon, to be held virtually on Tuesday, February 16th, 2021 from 11AM-2PM.

The theme of this year’s Black History Month events is “Black Joy” and we look forward to celebrating historical moments of joy across the African diaspora.

Sign up as a reader

Zoom logo This Zoom webinar will be live-streamed via the UMD Libraries YouTube page, and is open to all members of the community. We are looking to host a variety of readers to highlight speeches, quotes, and other works by inspiring Black leaders, innovators, authors, entertainers, scientists, and scholars, etc. We are looking forward to lively discussions and interaction in our commitment to create a *brave space (see below) for all participants.

Bring your favorite books or poems to read! If you need reading recommendations and/or access to free, online texts, please refer to HathiTrust, the recommended readings below, or the free eBook collections and portals.

Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members are all invited to sign up as a reader at this event! For those interested in tuning in as an audience member on YouTube, there will be opportunities to ask questions, comment, and leave reflections throughout the event via our digital whiteboard (Google Jamboard).

Please contact us at with any questions or concerns that arise. We look forward to celebrating Black History Month with you!

This is a Brave space, defined as: “A space where participants feel comfortable learning, sharing, and growing. A brave space is inclusive to all races, sexes, genders, abilities, immigration status, and lived experiences. Everyone in the space acknowledges that there may be some discomfort due to discussing topics that may be uncomfortable in nature. In the established brave space, participants honor each other's experiences and opinions—with respect—to achieve a place of understanding. The most important part of a brave space is inclusion of all.” 

Amplifier. (n.d.). Creating a brave space for dialogue
Arao, B., & Clemens, K. (2013). From safe spaces to brave spaces: A new way to frame dialogue around diversity and social justice. In L. Landreman (Ed.), The art of effective facilitation: Reflections from social justice educators (pp. 135-150). Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Recommended Reading List

Diversity Immersion Institute

The Diversity Immersion Institute (DII) serves as the cornerstone for diversity, inclusion, and social justice work at the University of Maryland (UMD) Libraries. The (DII) provides graduate students from the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland (UMD), the opportunity to explore social justice, diversity, and inclusion, specifically regarding the Library and Information Science. 

For more information, please visit the DII website.

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