Librarians, of all people, are becoming some of the most vocal proponents of diversity and inclusion on college campuses, especially at the University of Kansas.
Campus Reform reported earlier this year that the school was encouraging its students to get involved with the Black Lives Matter movement when it provided a pool of student resources on the topic in its campus library.
Around the same time, librarians from all over the country convened for an annual “National Diversity in Libraries Conference,” where attendees purportedly gathered to “contend with the oppressors within.”
Now, KU’s libraries have launched a “You Belong Here” campaign targeted at undergraduate students who may feel unwelcome on campus, particularly transgender students, according to LJ World.
Indeed, staff members of the school’s several libraries are invited (but not required) to wear nametags displaying their preferred gender pronouns, and are in turn asked to provide such nametags to any interested students.
“We’ve told all of our front-line employees, if a student asks, give them a button,” said Rebecca Smith, KU libraries executive director of communications and advancement, noting that her staff has had to re…
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