The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council (DivE-In) will strengthen relationships, skills, and analysis to promote constructive change within DUL. The Council will propose library-wide goals, devise strategies, make recommendations, and support education and training initiatives that address diversity, equity, and inclusion issues. Acknowledging that these issues are ever-evolving and that DUL are part of a much larger community, the Council will evaluate the Libraries’ strengths and challenges in these areas with the intention to further enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion. To be successful, this work must be collaborative and engage many different aspects and groups within DUL, demonstrating transparency. Recognizing that diversity initiatives must be embedded within the culture and practices of the Libraries to be truly transformational, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council will work in concert with the Executive Group, Library Human Resources, and appropriate departments and committees to meet its goals.


  • Naomi Nelson, Associate University Librarian and Director, Rubenstein Library (Chair)
  • Grey Reavis, Research and Development Project Coordinator (Vice-Chair)
  • Alex Marsh, Digitization Specialist - Video
  • Christina Manzella, Monographs Description Librarian
  • Hugh Cayless, Digital Humanities Senior Programmer
  • Jen Darragh, Senior Research Data Management Consultant
  • Jennifer Baker, Access Services Section Head, Research Services, Rubenstein Library
  • Kelli Stephenson, Coordinator, Access and Library Services (Past Chair)
  • Kimberly Burhop-Service, Director Library Human Resources
  • Mechi'EL Terrell, ILL Lending Assistant

Plans for the Semester - Spring 2021

DivE-Ing into the Racial Justice Roadmap

DivE-In invites library staff to participate in its spring series of discussions: “DivEing-In to the Racial Justice Roadmap.”  At these sessions, DUL departments, committees, and groups will share out the objectives, projects, discussions or other work they are planning around the “categories of focus” the Racial Justice Strategy Task Force identified in the Racial Justice Roadmap

  1. Community Reflection
  2. Recruitment and Retention
  3. Libraries as Inclusive Space
  4. Collections and Description
  5. Research and Instruction
  6. Reckoning with Duke’s History

Key Projects

  • Creating a set of resources that are available for use by DUL staff members to show commitment to anti-racism, opposition to discrimination, and support for Black lives. These resources include email signatures and Zoom backgrounds. 
  • Working with the DUL Black Staff Alliance to submit a joint statement of priority action items to the Executive Group. 
  • Identifying key trainings all DUL staff should take in order to further anti-racism and discrimination in the Libraries. 

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