Diversity and Inclusion Committee

FAU Libraries’ Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Dean's Statements on Diversity

The FAU Libraries’ Diversity & Inclusion Committee was launched in November 2016, and since then has been committed to celebrating diversity with the FAU Community through events, training, and educational opportunities. Events and activities include:

  • Writing the FAU Libraries’ first ever diversity and inclusion statement.
  • Assisting in creating the Library Diversity Strategic Plan Goal.
  • Sponsoring a Human Library event at both the Boca and Jupiter campuses.
  • Assisting with the Black History Month display.
  • Sponsoring the Progressive Black Men’s “Joy & Magic” evening gala.
  • Celebrating Women’s History Month with the #herstory multimedia presentation, as well as having patrons create Women’s History mini posters and buttons.
  • Partnering with the FAU Police Department for Sexual Awareness Denim Day.
  • Partnering with the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities for an Autism 101 Lunch & Learn.
  • Partnering in a children’s book drive with Zeta Phi Beta, with the collected books donated to local Autism resource centers.
  • Implementing staff training, including a “Safe Spaces in Higher Education” webinar.
  • Commemorating the Pulse Nightclub shooting with a multimedia exhibit.
  • Working with the Exhibit Committee to create an OwlPride multimedia exhibit to celebrate PRIDE.
  • Projects currently in progress include creating a Library Diversity and Inclusion resources webpage, and implementing a Diversity Intern position. 


The Libraries’ Diversity and Inclusion Committee is charged to make recommendations to the Dean on:

  • defining the scope of diversity needs within the context of the University’s and the Libraries’ strategic plans and mission statements
  • reviewing FAU Libraries services, collections, and technology to ensure full support for people of all backgrounds and perspectives
  • the development of signature events, services, collections, and exhibits to promote diversity and inclusion
  • improving the library’s work environment to ensure a safe, welcoming, supportive environment for all Libraries faculty and staff
  • arranging staff development opportunities to increase awareness and appreciation of different backgrounds and perspectives reviewing recruitment and hiring practices within the Library to promote diversity and inclusion
  • reviewing policies and procedures to remove obstacles and promote greater diversity and inclusion
  • developing the Libraries as role models for diversity for the FAU community


    • Melanie Poloff, Chair
    • Eric Bush
    • Erica Cabezas-Marchese
    • Tiffany Follin
    • Dawn Frood 
    • Alethea Perez
    • Ali Taal
      Faulib Committees,
      Feb 6, 2017, 1:34 PM