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Renton Technical College Library Racial Diversity Audit

Project tags:

equity & inclusion

social justice

Project poster

Renton Technical College takes pride in the racial diversity of its student body. But is the library’s fiction collection representative of that diversity? In this audit, it was found that while RTC’s student body is 69% students of color, 88% of books in the fiction collection have White authors, and 81% have White main characters. This resulted in our recommendation to RTC’s library: increase the percentage of books by BIPOC authors by 10% by the end of 2022. This audit data will help inform the library’s collection development in the future to better meet student needs.

Project participants:

Evan Scheps