8 Association of Research Libraries Research Library Issues 301 2020 experience homelessness or food insecurity. We know many of our students struggle with the ability to pay their tuition and that many of our students have identities that have been historically minoritized. As the co-creators of the Undergraduate Engagement Program, we made a conscious choice to center, and not erase, the multitudes of identities of our students. Instead of trying to fit our community into pre-existing models where whiteness and dominant culture is the foundation, we have worked strategically to create a model that, at its core, centers our campus community by employing a holistic approach to the definition of student success rooted in social justice frameworks. This approach is predicated on critical forms of librarianship in which one of the core tenets is challenging the notion that libraries exist as neutral spaces.8 The discussion of neutrality of libraries is certainly not a new conversation, but with the continued emerging practices of critical librarianship, the neutrality of libraries continues to be debated, even warranting a president’s program at ALA Midwinter 2018 devoted to the conversation.9 For our purposes, we are approaching the neutrality of libraries through critical librarianship in which we take into account the library as an institution that was created by a set of norms and standards by dominant society. We are also critically examining the ways in which the field outside of critical library scholarship has largely left pervasive whiteness unchallenged by historically defaulting to whiteness and leaving conversations of race out of library literature.10 Our Methodology As we established the UEP, several fundamental theoretical lenses shaped our vision. Prior to becoming a librarian, Teresa Helena Moreno was trained in feminist studies and critical race and ethnic studies, work that has found a natural home in the field of critical librarianship. Women of color feminisms and critical race theory in particular are often invoked in critical librarianship as helpful tools for unpacking and applying a critical lens, especially with regard to the conceit that neutrality in libraries is a myth and that the root of the problem is
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