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The ULA Multicultural Services Round Table was formed in the summer of 2009 after the organization Reforma de Utah ceased to exist. Tiffany Herbon approached ULA to establish the Multicultural Services Round Table to fill a much needed gap. At the first meeting of the new Round Table, Donna Cardon was chosen as the Round Table Chair, with Lisa Cohne as Vice-Chair and Tiffany Herbon as Secretary.  Other members who attended meetings during the year were Juan Lee, Connie Lamb, Safi Safiullah, Grace Mora, Allene Dotson, Ronni McDonough, Tessa Epstein, and Yvonne Keetch. During the 2009-2010 year we wrote a Mission Statement, met as a committee six times, established a website and sponsored conference presentations.

In 2011, the original roundtable site was relocated to the ULA website.

In September 2013, a task force was created to revise the roundtable’s Mission Statement and prepare Bylaws content for ULA. During that process, it was proposed that the roundtable change its name to more accurately reflect the broad diversity we hope to support. A vote of the membership was taken and the name change passed. The Multicultural Services Round Table became the Diversity Services Roundtable.

Sponsored ULA Conference Sessions:

Meeting Utah’s Diverse Needs Through Programming

  • Libraries Helping New Americans: Information Literacy for
          Immigrants
  • Library Services in Latin America and Utah:
         Applying lessons learned abroad in library outreach and collections
  • “Latino Children’s Book Awards in English and Their Use in Classrooms and Libraries”
  • “Making Connections: Resources for Understanding the History, Culture and Faith of Muslims”
  • Spring 2012

  • GLBTQ Patrons Still Matter
  • “Library for Middle East Resources and the Arab Spring”
  • Preconference: “Using Ethnographic Methods to Solve the Puzzle”
  • Pre-conference: “The Multicultural Library”
  • Fall 2011

  • “Where there’s a Will, there’s a Way”
  • Spring 2011

  • One World, Many Activities exploring multicultural programs
  • “Ayuda Real: Real Help to Hispanic Business Owners”
  • Spring 2010

  • “Library Services to the GLBT Community”
  • Fall 2009

  • “Teaching Emergent Literacy Skills to Bilingual Families”