18 Association of Research Libraries Research Library Issues 301 2020 But in order to create a sustainable program interwoven into the fabric of a university, building relationships with campus partners ensures that student experience and support are made more seamless through constant communication, providing campus partners and librarians the ability to know where a student can receive particular support and personally handing off the student to the campus partner when appropriate. Campus partners and librarians can also report on recent trends in our respective areas for example, prior to the establishment of the UEP, the library worked with the UIC Writing Center to offer librarians for consultation following or as part of a student’s peer- tutoring process. The UEP deepened this relationship by offering librarian consultations to Writing Center users much earlier in the research and writing process through knowledge gleaned from Writing Center usage and anecdotal evidence perceived in library instruction sessions, particularly with first-year writing classes. One of the most unique things about UIC is its commitment to the Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change unlike many student resources centers that can mostly focus on academic success for students who identify as disabled, African American, Latinx, Arab American, women, transgender, Native American, or other diverse identities, these centers focus on culture and community building, in contrast to the deficit model of support services, in which specific populations are labeled “at risk.” For us, finding ways to be in collaboration with the cultural centers was key to themes of belonging and building UEP programming tailored to the diversity on campus. As part of our launch of the UEP, we instituted a film series in conjunction with the campus cultural centers, in which we select a film to screen and host conversations afterward, often focusing on educational content. When possible, we work to collaboratively select titles in service to the centers’ programming or that are relevant to related academic departments’ curricular goals. In most cases, these conversations have led to our purchasing new titles based on our partners’ recommendations, which inadvertently have helped us with
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