Beaverton City Library's Anti-Racism Action Committee (ARAC) is a staff committee that formed in November 2020. The goals of the committee for fiscal year 2023-2024 are:
Self-reflection Nurture a space for self-reflection and growth by engaging library staff with equity-focused content via our Talk Story sessions. Additionally, ARAC will create space and time to self-reflect as a committee by participating in ARAC member Talk Story sessions.
Policies Review library policies with our Equity Everyday card to advocate for equitable changes and updates.
ARAC Leadership Transition Develop a strategic process for ARAC members to cycle in and out of ARAC leadership.
ARAC reviewed and updated the following policies with an equity lens:
ARAC offers facilitated conversations about race to all library employees in small groups on a voluntary basis. These conversations on race challenge the white racial equilibrium, help further individuals' personal DEI journey or DEI work at the library, and offer self-reflection on anti-racist action.