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A statement from the UIC University Library

To the UIC University Community,

The senseless murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and many others have highlighted the great need for change in our approach to policing as a society.  We at the UIC University Library have been deeply saddened by the loss of life and hear the call to address our own connection to issues of structural racism and equal access. We take these issues seriously and do not want to rush the work we already have underway to create a more inclusive and equitable organization for our employees and users.

We also recognize that silence in the wake of serious events may come across as indifference or hostility to change. While we take the time to continue the work with our community and find methods of tangible and effective action, we want to take a moment to re-affirm the need for action and to express our commitment to this ongoing process of cultural and structural change. We have begun to address this matter as part of our ongoing organizational and professional development program, IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Social Justice) Transform the Library. We will release a more detailed plan in the near future.

Black Lives Matter.
UIC University Library

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