make even a small contribution to advancing diversity at your university.
Informal conversations can lead to big ideas.
• Your decisions about a budget request can provide synergy to similar
activities in other schools and units.
• Your opportunities to speak at administrative meetings are precious.
Plan for them and how you can plant the seed of an idea.
• You can help persuade others with additional resources in their own
units to collaborate.
• You can talk to your own provost about the need for campus-wide
• You can ask your staffs and patrons for help in thinking about
how to better serve their needs in the future.
All of this will take time, effort, and, oftentimes, money. But it’s worth
the investment in the people who will benefit. It will make your campus a
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To cite this article: Bernadette Gray-Little. “Diversity in Research
Universities.” Research Library Issues: A Bimonthly Report from ARL, CNI,
and SPARC, no. 263 (April 2009): 1–8. http://www.arl.org/resources/pubs/
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The author presented this essay as the keynote address at the 153rd ARL Membership Meeting
in Arlington, Virginia, October 15, 2008.