As an expression of the DeWitt Wallace Library staffs’ exploration of diversity, this quilt is the visual representation of the Library’s diversity plan. The quilt represents the staff individually and collectively, but also parallels the Library’s commitment to represent and celebrate the diversity of our community. It is a symbol of both our individual values and the values of the “Library”, and is intended to make everyone feel welcome.
The project began in April 2008 when Tommy Woon, Dean of Multicultural Life, invited us to work on a diversity plan. We began with a small group who volunteered to act as the Diversity Planning Steering Committee: Jean Beccone, Jacki Betsworth, Dave Colllins, Angi Faiks, Terri Fishel, and Ellen Holt-Werle. In a series of meetings Tommy encouraged us to develop a plan that was “living”, not a document to be filed away and forgotten. Often during our discussions a patchwork quilt became a metaphor to express diversity. So we turned the metaphor into reality.
The steering committee felt the key goals in the quilt project were:
Our individual squares express our uniqueness pieced together into a beautiful whole. As a staff we take pride in providing a space that is welcoming, that includes collections to support the scholarship and interests of all students, faculty and staff. We seek to be a place that provides opportunities for free expression and exchange of ideas. We hope the quilt will connect the viewer to the library and our values. As expressed in one of the squares, we want everyone to feel they belong here.