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Anti-Racism Initiative (ARI) Framework
The ARI Framework is an iterative document that consists of projects, tasks, and recommendations. The content in the current iteration of the Framework was created by gathering feedback from library staff about desired outcomes and goals.
The overarching goal of the UCLA Library is to permanently embed the concepts that create and sustain a just, equitable, and diverse workplace into its organizational culture. To that end, the Framework is meant to be consistently monitored and updated as projects are completed and new projects are proposed.
The ARI Steering Team is responsible for maintaining a web presence on the library's internal website, as well as maintaining the Anti-Racism Initiative Framework. The Steering Team will evaluate the progress of the Framework, and indicate completion of existing items, as well introduce new items to the Framework as necessary.
The Steering Team has the authority to convene ARI Project Teams to take on existing and emerging tasks of the Framework. Project Teams will report to the Steering Team and may be disbanded at the conclusion of assigned project/task.
Steering Team Composition
The seven-member team will be supported by the Library EDI Advisors, the Chair of the Library EDI Committee, and the Assistant Director of Academic Human Resources in ex officio capacity.
Affiliated libraries are invited to participate in a liaison capacity to the ARI Steering Team on a voluntary basis, by collective self-designation of three total liaisons.
Jennifer Chan (Ex Officio; Library EDI Committee Chair)
Ashleigh Darby (ARI Co-Chair; Unified Access Services)
Hillary Gordon (English Reading Room Liaison)
Stephen Gurnick (ARI Co-Chair; Digital Initiatives and Information Technology)
Douglas Johnson (Chicano Studies Research Center Liaison)
Jasmine Jones (Library Special Collections)
Diana King (Ex Officio; Library EDI Advisor)
Christopher Lopez (User Engagement, Research & Rosenfeld Division)
Carlo Medina (Ex Officio; Library EDI Advisor)
Renee Romero (User Engagement, Sciences Division)
Megan Rosenbloom (Collection Management and Scholarly Communication)
Alejandro Sanchez-Nunez (Clark Library Liaison)
Lilia Sandoval (Ex Officio; Library Human Resources)
Maya Montañez Smukler (Film & Television Archive)
The Steering Team reports to the University Librarian, and provides additional communication to supervisory and stakeholder groups, as well as regular communications to the Library community via All-Staff emails and other relevant channels.
Project Teams are groups of staff convened by the Steering Team to address a particular project. Project Teams contain at least one Steering Team member that reports back project progress to the Steering Team. The current project team members were brought on with a call for volunteers for the initial projects: