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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, 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 mission of the W. I. Dykes Library is to support the University's academic programs and to facilitate teaching and learning by providing learning resources, new technology and information service to the faculty, staff and students to meet their curriculum, research and information needs.


The W.I. Dykes Library will be an essential partner in student success and faculty support by providing an inclusive collaborative learning environment, quality information resources, and excellent user centered service.


The W.I. Dykes Library staff value the following in all aspects of their work and relationships with the broader UHD community.

The W.I. Dykes Library supports an open, safe environment for curious minds to engage and discover without fear of judgment, empowering intellectual and academic freedom.

The W.I. Dykes Library’s exceptional staff upholds a high standard of quality making the user experience a priority. Through our multiple resources and spaces we strive to provide excellence in service.

The W.I. Dykes Library meets the changing needs of the UHD community by developing services and collections that are flexible and user-centered.

The W.I. Dykes Library is driven by the recognition that different people and new ideas create an innovative learning environment. Our efforts are grounded in engaging and beneficial projects that respond to our community.

The W.I. Dykes Library strives to treat all of our users with honesty and respect where one idea or person is not privileged over another.

The W.I. Dykes Library embraces and recognizes the unique and diverse background of the UHD community by providing a safe and inclusive environment that encourages collaboration and intellectual development.

Last updated 5/16/2021 6:28 PM