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Multicultural Services

Committee Charge

  • Encourage an educational environment in the libraries that is supportive of users from various backgrounds and cultures. 
  • Contribute to a work environment conducive to recruitment, hiring and retention of a multicultural workforce at all levels. 
  • Assist the libraries in maintaining an atmosphere of friendly service to community users from diverse backgrounds. 
  • Advise to Director, Outreach & Community Engagement Librarian, and libraries as appropriate, on implementation of the above concerns. 

Programs and Events for 2016-2017

The UWM Libraries hosts diversity series and sessions with the goal to inform library staff and campus populations of diversity issues; and to provide programming that aides in fostering a supportive and inclusive environment for all library users. 

Brown Bag Sessions 

Diversity Exhibits 

Meet Your Campus Partners Series 

Safe Space Training Provided by LGBT Resource Center

  • October, 18, 2016:    Safe Space Training Part 1
  • December, 7, 2016:  Safe Space Training Part 2

Think Tank Tuesdays 

  • April 18, 2017 

BROWN, SARAH and KATHERINE MANGAN. "What 'Safe Spaces' Really Look Like on College Campuses." Chronicle of Higher Education, vol. 63, no. 3, 16 Sept. 2016, pp. A6-A8. EBSCOhost.

Recent Inititatives

  • Created the Diversity Committee webpage to increase awareness of committee work and inform a greater segment of the campus of current happenings, significantly increasing traffic on Multicultural Services guide.
  • Assured proper awareness of  libraries gender inclusive restrooms with incorporation on all campus maps. 
  • Engaged with new campus offices and speakers to promote the mission of the committee. Through guest speakers, we are able to inform library staff of campus wide activities that promote civility, awareness and representation of our diverse campus. 
  • Developed evaluation tool to obtain feedback from a greater majority of library staff for Diversity programming offerings. 


Recent Exhibits

December 2017- January 2018 Exhibit: 

All of Us: Milwaukee's Winter March for Freedom 


 Summer Exhibit in the Library

Milwaukee Summer of Festivals: Pride, Juneteenth & Mexican Fiesta

The UWM Libraries Diversity Committee and the UWM Archives paired to create a Learning Commons exhibit that follows the story of Milwaukee’s desegregation efforts from the Brown v. Board ruling up to the early 1990s. The goal of this exhibit was to not only celebrate the successes of Civil Rights era, but to follow that narrative through the end of the 20th century and highlight the complexities of education reform that are often left under-examined. Visit our Archives tumblr post for additional information about the exhibit here.



March’s Library Learning Commons display celebrates women activists whose accomplishments have helped pave the way for a better society on a local, state, and national level. For additional information about the exhibit visit our Archives Tumblr post here.


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