Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism

USC Libraries upholds the University’s unifying value of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We stand against racism, transphobia, homophobia, sexism, xenophobia, bigotry based on religious affiliation, classism, ableism, ageism, and all forms of oppression. We celebrate difference and oppose bias and racism as we create inclusive and accessible study, research, work, and engagement experiences. 

We are committed to providing equitable access to diverse information resources, programs, and services. As the heart of the USC community, USC Libraries is responsible for creating an inclusive library system that reflects the pluralistic community of USC and surrounding communities. 

USC Libraries strives to:

  • Understand the needs and aspirations of our communities, including those beyond USC, and how we can engage dynamically and meaningfully
  • Establish and implement an action plan for improving and ensuring equity of access to collections—including physical accessibility, open educational resources, and reducing gatekeeping
  • Implement equity and accessibility practices across library instruction, digital engagement, presentation of collections, and other community-facing library programs
  • Recruit, retain, and mentor a diverse workforce
  • Invest in professional development to build the capacity for library employees to continuously improve diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives 
  • Recruit diverse students into the MMLIS program and focus on topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the curriculum 


View the USC Libraries Vision, Mission, and Values.

View our Land Acknowledgement.

View our Statement on Inclusive Description.

View our Statement on Anti-Racist Archival Description.

View our research guides on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Anti-Racist Pedagogy, and LGBTQIA+ Health and Cultural Competency.