Diversity Evaluation and Vendor Communication: The Effect on a Collection

Recent events and our effort to embody UNT Health Science Center’s code of culture have necessitated the evaluation of policies and collections in regards to DEI. We found few electronic resources provided medical quality images on multiple skin tones. Culturally inclusive images are imperative for doctors who will treat patients of diverse backgrounds. Recognizing bias and lack of relevant materials in our collection, UNTHSC drafted documentation which we shared with our vendors explaining our decision to immediately use DEI as a purchasing impact factor. This poster presents the response and impact of this letter on our collection and evaluation processes.