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Mary P. Key: Leaving a Legacy of Diversity


Mary P. Key was a visionary who knew the importance of fostering diversity and inclusion within academic librarianship.  She was the second African-American librarian to lead a department within the University Libraries and was the inaugural chair of the “Diversity Committee.”  During her tenure chairing this committee, the Diversity Residency program was born.  Upon Mary’s retirement, the program was re-named in her honor.  “The Mary P. Key Diversity Residency Program” sponsored its first resident in 1989.