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Sep 17, 2020

Kokomo and Indy campus Libraries were awarded an Advancing Racial Equity Collection Development Grant from the Indiana Humanities Council with funding made possible by the Lilly Endowment.

With this grant, the libraries purchased books and DVDs that promote a greater understanding of social and racial injustices and help promote a greater understanding of cultural diversity and racial equity.

These resources are available to the whole Ivy Tech community through Interlibrary Loan (just check with your local librarian). If you’d like to learn more about the books & resources that libraries could choose from, visit and find the Racial Equity Materials/Book List link on the right-hand side of the screen.

In addition, the Ivy Tech Library Directors, which is a statewide committee of library directors, have met in a “Meeting of the Minds” with campus Diversity Leads to collaborate on ideas of how to team up and support each other with Strategic Goal #8: To establish a sustainable culture of diversity, equity, and belonging.

One specific action that has already grown out of this collaboration is a meeting in July with author Marwin Strong, an Ivy Tech alum, who shared his experiences growing up in Muncie. Marwin’s life experiences led to his first book, Back From the Shadow of Death.

Katrina Hudson, ASAP Director and Diversity Lead for Lake County campus, will be hosting a book club using Marwin Strong’s book. Katrina was not able to join us today but we recognize and appreciate her work and want you to have that context as we will likely discuss Marwin’s book today. If you’d like to know more about Marwin, you can reach him at:

His email is:

Phone number: (765) 760-8060

You can find the Virtual Bulletin Boards that Liv mentioned at @ivytechindy on Instagram or by following the hashtag #ivytechindy.

Thanks again to all of our guests today:

  • Darlene Vasquez, Regional Library Director/Testing Services/LRC for Kokomo, Logansport, Peru
  • Jan Woodall, Library Director, Indianapolis
  • Liv Graham, Librarian, Indianapolis
  • Samantha Rappuhn, Grants & Academic Projects Coordinator, Kokomo
  • Doranna Byrd, Director of Diversity, Equity and Belonging, South Bend-Elkhart
  • Amber Williams, Diversity Lead/Program Chair Social & Behavioral Sciences, Kokomo

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