The Boston College Libraries acknowledge historical, structural, and systemic injustice. The struggle against racism, prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination is central to our mission and profession. Rooted in the Jesuit tradition of social justice, we commit to:
- building a culture that is respectful, open to change, and empathetic to all perspectives
- holding ourselves accountable to our commitment and to our community
- fostering intellectual freedom and diverse discourse
- ensuring our services, spaces, and resources are representative of diverse cultures and perspectives, intentionally inclusive, and accessible to everyone
- opposing any speech or action that threatens the safety, equality, or dignity of any member of our community, including:
- ableism, hate speech, homophobia, misogyny, racism, religious persecution, sexism, transphobia, xenophobia, and all other forms of discrimination and oppression
- recognizing, valuing, and empowering all members of our community, celebrating all aspects of their identity, including:
- age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, culture, disability/ability, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, geographic origin, language, marital status, national or ethnic origin, neurodiversity, parental status, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, veteran status, and all others.
Within our evolving cultural environment, this labor is ethically imperative. Our commitment is ongoing, and our work is never complete.