Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement

The Chippewa River District Library system unequivocally commits to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment where all patrons, employees, and volunteers are welcomed and valued. Our commitment extends to ensuring equitable access to all library experiences and fostering a culture of empathy and kindness through the provision of information and education.

In all library locations, as well as all library-related events and activities, we uphold a policy of non-discrimination. No individual shall face barriers or exclusion on the basis of:

  1. gender,
  2. gender identity,
  3. ethnicity,
  4. race,
  5. native or indigenous origin,
  6. age,
  7. generation,
  8. sexual orientation,
  9. culture,
  10. religion,
  11. belief system,
  12. marital status,
  13. parental status,
  14. socioeconomic status,
  15. language,
  16. accent,
  17. ability status,
  18. mental health,
  19. educational level or background,
  20. geography,
  21. nationality,
  22. work style,
  23. work experience,
  24. job role or function,
  25. thinking style,
  26. personality type,
  27. physical appearance,
  28. political perspective or affiliation,
  29. or any other characteristic that recognizes or illustrates diversity, EXCEPT those categories that violate state or federal law and/or create a dangerous environment for patrons or staff.

The library will persistently seek and explore opportunities that demonstrate our commitment to enhancing awareness and promoting dialogues regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion for all individuals. Current activities undertaken by the library in the community to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion include, but are not limited to:

• The maintenance of a comprehensive collection of multi-format materials for children, teens, and adults, featuring a diverse array of characters, subjects, languages, authors, and illustrators with varied perspectives,

• The provision of reading recommendations on topics such as diversity, racial justice, equity, privilege, and race, and

• The organization of a variety of programs,that may include multilingual story times and cultural and historical events for adults.