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Systemic Racism


In the United States and abroad, neighborhoods consisting of majority BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) bear the burden of additional environmental stressors such as pollution and food scarcity. This phenomenon is known as environmental racism and contributes to many environmental and health disparities seen in BIPOC communities.


The ASU Library acknowledges the twenty-three Native Nations that have inhabited this land for centuries. Arizona State University's four campuses are located in the Salt River Valley on ancestral territories of Indigenous peoples, including the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) Indian Communities, whose care and keeping of these lands allows us to be here today. ASU Library acknowledges the sovereignty of these nations and seeks to foster an environment of success and possibility for Native American students and patrons. We are advocates for the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge systems and research methodologies within contemporary library practice. ASU Library welcomes members of the Akimel O’odham and Pee Posh, and all Native nations to the Library.