Summary of Projects
The UHV Library Fund for Diversity Resources helps support the purchase of works that represent diverse authors and experiences to support diversity, equity and social justice education.
The CommUNITY Book Club was funded by the Diversity and Race Task Force so that print, audio and e-books for featured works would be available to the community at the UHV Library. Community discussion groups were part of a collaboration with United Way of the Crossroads, the Center for Peace, Be Well Victoria Coalition and Victoria College. As an extension of the project, UHV established the Library Fund for Diversity Resources to continue to purchase works that represent diverse authors and experiences to support diversity, equity and social justice education.
UHV also invites the campus community to participate in recurring Equity Challenges hosted by the United Way of the Crossroads. For current sign-ups and more information, visit the United Way's Equity Work page.
During 2021, the Task Force hosted spring and summer roundtables with community organizations to draft a series of roundtable community topics filtered through personal experiences of race, gender, immigration, and more. UHV hosted a community roundtable on housing and food insecurity in November 2021, and provided supporting materials so that local agencies could continue roundtables at community-based locations.
UHV is currently developing a community Oral History Project to explore topics of race and community as portrayed by the varied lived experiences of native and new Victorians. The project aims to amplify a diverse range of experiences with a focus on informing future community dialogue on equity topics.
The Task Force has also funded new employee and leader anti-bias training initiatives, approved funds to support community events expanded resources to promote cultural educational activities as part of the International Festival.