Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
A global, 100% online program, the iSchool proudly provides top-tier LIS education to a diverse student body. We observe the unique cultures of our students and faculty members during the appropriate months, and more importantly, we acknowledge and celebrate our differences all year round, recognizing that our differences strengthen our community’s bonds.
The SJSU iSchool’s ongoing commitment to gathering resources is part of our aim to uplift and honor diverse communities, while also striving to be more equitable, diverse, inclusive, and accessible. Find out about our virtual symposia, see what current professionals have to say about library best practices, and read on about our students’ stories.
The SJSU School of Information has been fully accredited by the American Library Association since 1969, the oldest accredited LIS program in California. We are committed to following ALA’s definition of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, which reads as follows.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: ALA’s Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights
“The American Library Association affirms that equity, diversity, and inclusion are central to the promotion and practice of intellectual freedom. Libraries are essential to democracy and self-government, to personal development and social progress, and to every individual’s inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. To that end, libraries and library workers should embrace equity, diversity, and inclusion in everything that they do.
‘Equity’ takes difference into account to ensure a fair process and, ultimately, a fair outcome. Equity recognizes that some groups were (and are) disadvantaged in accessing educational and employment opportunities and are, therefore, underrepresented or marginalized in many organizations and institutions. Equity, therefore, means increasing diversity by ameliorating conditions of disadvantaged groups.
‘Diversity’ can be defined as the sum of the ways that people are both alike and different. When we recognize, value, and embrace diversity, we are recognizing, valuing, and embracing the uniqueness of each individual.
‘Inclusion’ means an environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully; are valued for their distinctive skills, experiences, and perspectives; have equal access to resources and opportunities; and can contribute fully to the organization’s success.
To ensure that every individual will feel truly welcomed and included, library staff members and administrators should reflect the origins, age, background, and views of their community. Governing bodies should also reflect the community. Library spaces, programs, and collections should accommodate the needs of every user.” (source: ALA, 2022)