Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA)

The University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to creating a community that is inclusive, open, and equitable for all. As an organization, we lead with trust, respect, and integrity. We embrace the contributions of every individual while also celebrating our collective achievements. The University’s founding principles—Lux, Libertas—guide our efforts to build bridges and to lead change.

For more information see our IDEA Council members, list of related resources, and more about our ongoing projects and programs:

Confederate Monument on Campus

Two Silent Sam student activist pamphlets. The visible text is “SILENCE SAM NOT STUDENTS” on one, and “Until They All Fall” on the other

Learn more about the Confederate monument commonly known as Silent Sam by browsing and searching online guides and exhibits created by Wilson Special Collections Library librarians and archivists. Read a recently published article on the work of the Library’s archivists to preserve and share the history of the monument.

Community-Driven Archives Program

A backpack and supplies for Community Driven Archives. Supplies include thank you cards, notebooks, digital audio recorders, discussion prompt cards, the book “Catching Stories”, and stamps. The cover page of documentation on “A Practical Guide to Oral History” is visible.

The Southern Historical Collection’s Community-Driven Archives grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports historically underrepresented history keepers in telling, sharing, and preserving their stories.

Conscious Editing Initiative

word cloud of terms related to the Conscious Editing Initiative: North, Carr, address, white, Durham, South, netgo, race, example, lynching, rights, protection, slavery, soldiers, addresses, monuments, Sam, War, Violence, dedication, Cabin
Our grassroots Conscious Editing Initiative seeks to repair culturally insensitive and problematic language in the Libraries archival description. (More on this project coming soon.)

IDEA Council

The University Libraries Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) Council recognizes that inclusion is at the center of a thriving and innovative workforce. The IDEA Council is invested in building a welcoming and equitable environment for all library employees and library users.

For more information on inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility at the University Libraries, contact Monica Figueroa at