Inclusion and Diversity Initiatives


  • Conducted a survey of faculty and focus groups to understand how to best communicate about the tensions and unsustainable costs of purchasing online access to journals controlled by commercial publishers. As part of this work, the committee created a values statement committing to Sustainability, Transparency, Openness and Inclusivity.
  • Building gender inclusive restrooms at both Cabell Library and the Health Sciences Library.
  • The Fines, Fees, and Equity Work Group reviewed how the fines and fee structure impacts user groups and made recommendations regarding all policies related to borrowing fines and fees at VCU Libraries, considering how particular user groups may be disproportionately affected by library fines, fees and associated policies.
  • Revamped faculty and staff recruitment processes with an eye toward inclusion.
  • Addressed VCU Libraries expectations for professionalism through a Faculty organization resolution on cultural competence.
  • Installed Little Ram Pantries in both Cabell Library and the Health Sciences Library as part of a pilot project to help address food insecurity among financially challenged students.
  • The Libraries Inclusion and Diversity Committee organized the Walking the Ward tour, which deepened the knowledge of and connection to Jackson Ward, a neighborhood that is steeped in the history of Black life in Richmond and is located between the Monroe Park Campus and the MCV Campus.
  • Read more about the Libraries’ efforts in Reconnection: VCU Libraries 2021-22 Year in Review