IDEA Action Grants

IDEA Action grants support the work of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility in the University Libraries. The grants incentivize this work by empowering Library employees to identify systemic racism or exclusionary practices and to move forward with solutions or new approaches.

Vice Provost for University Libraries and University Librarian Elaine L. Westbrooks launched the program in 2020 as part of the University Libraries’ commitment to reckon with systemic racism and oppression.

Westbrooks wanted the University Libraries to move beyond the statements and learning activities that sprang up at libraries and universities following the killings of unarmed Black people and the protests that followed.

“Trainings and reading groups are important,” said Westbrooks, “but the only way to truly make change is to invest in it and support the people doing the work.”

To read more about the grants, including the first eight projects to be funded in 2021, see the news story “Staff Grants Will Advance Equity and Inclusion Work at the University Libraries.”

IDEA Action committee members

  • Abigail Armstrong, Circulation Supervisor & Technology Lending Coordinator (House Undergraduate Library)
  • Sherose Badruddin, Library Asset Management Technician, (Davis Library, Circulation)
  • Nadia Clifton, Special Collections Engagement Librarian, (Wilson Special Collections Library)
  • Monica Figueroa, Interim Librarian for Inclusive Excellence, (Library Leadership Team Liaison and IDEA Council Chair) – Ex Officio
  • Sequoia Garris, Executive Assistant to AUL and Director (Health Sciences Library Administration)
  • Susan Griffin, Transfers Coordinator (Resource Description and Management, Davis Library and IDEA Council Member)
  • Kristan Shawgo, Social Sciences Librarian, (Davis Research and Instructional Services and IDEA Council Member) – Chair
  • Aaron Smithers, Special Collections Research & Instruction Librarian (Wilson Research and Instructional Services)
  • Therese Triumph, Interim Head of Kenan Science Library (Kenan Science Library)
  • Rustin Zarkar, Middle East & Islamic Studies Librarian (Davis Research and Instructional Services)