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In light of current events, this research guide is intended to provide background information about racism, anti-racism, and other tangential social justice issues. It is not an exhaustive list of non-library resources available, but merely serves as a starting point for research, education, and conversation. For FGCU Library Resources, please see our research guide, Library Resources on Race.
FGCU President Mike Martin and Provost Jim Llorensremind us that "we all have a fundamental and shared obligation to ensure 'liberty and justice for all'" and that at "great universities like FGCU, racism, bigotry and intolerance must be directly confronted."
TheAmerican Library Associationhas made the following statement:
"As our nation is gripped by protest and collective grief, ALA unequivocally condemns violence and racism towards Black people and all People of Color."
The Florida Library Association states:
"While we often understand that libraries should be neutral organizations, that taking a stand is not appropriate, there is no neutral here. Constant terror, discrimination and exclusion of people based on race is not a political argument; there are no sides to this debate. Freedom from oppression is a human right. Access to opportunity, peace, and prosperity should be available to all."
The certificate program is a campus-wide program that aims to promote education on topics related to diversity and inclusion. The program is available to any member of the campus community that possesses an active UIN. It can be completed by any student, faculty, or staff member at Florida Gulf Coast University.