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UHD W.I. Dykes Library Anti-Racism Statement

Along with many around the country and the world, we, the staff of the University of Houston-Downtown W.I. Dykes Library, mourn the murder of Houstonian George Floyd. We stand in solidarity with the Black community everywhere and condemn the centuries-long racism and violence of which Mr. Floyd’s murder is an expression.

We acknowledge the shameful history of exclusion of people of color in higher education. In line with the Library’s mission, vision, and values (https://www.uhd.edu/library/about/Pages/Library-Mission.aspx), we pledge to oppose racism and systemic violence against people of color in our campus community, whether intentional or unintentional.

We as an organization promise to continually examine ourselves to ensure we are meeting our commitment to anti-racist organizational procedures and practices. We invite you to hold us accountable.

Work that strives towards racial justice will never be finished, and the Library maintains an ongoing commitment to providing an inclusive physical and digital environment in support of, and reflective of, the diversity of the UHD community. We strive to remain a place of comfort and safety and implore members of our community to dedicate themselves to this goal.

The W.I. Dykes Library is currently not physically accessible due to COVID- 19. See- Library COVID-19 updates

Library resources are available online and research assistance is available through our Ask A Librarian service.

Items borrowed by students, adjunct faculty, and staff are now due August 24, 2020. Please keep your items until you are notified by the library to return them.