As an organization, ICBA is committed to vigorous and appropriate action to ensure that all decisions are made without discrimination, harassment, or prejudicial treatment because of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, disability, or protected veteran's status.

While we have more work to do as an organization to advance Diversity and Inclusion, we are making concerted efforts to move the independent college bookstore industry forward. We have developed a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion action plan (see below) that pursues real, meaningful actions including strategies that touch on and align with ICBA’s key areas — Education, Networking, and Vendor Programs.

We are embarking on a journey of justice, inclusion, and equity that we hope will benefit all Member Stores, Vendor Partners, and the entire ICBA Community.

We honor and celebrate the diversity of all of the Members we serve. This is your ICBA.


At our July 2020 ICBA Board & Staff Strategic Planning Meeting, the ICBA Staff and Board of Directors discussed actions we could take to support social justice and combat racism. Below is a list of actions the Board and Staff agreed would be impactful and beneficial.

We’ve structured the list to reflect steps we have taken, what we will accomplish in the near-term, and what we are exploring for the long-term.

This list is a living document, and we will continue to add to and revise it over time. ICBA will provide a progress report in the November 2020 edition of The Independent newsletter. Please continue to refer to this page and reach out to us with any questions at Office@ICBAinc.com.

To date, we have:

  • Elected a staff member to act as a DEI Specialist (Anna Johnson) to coordinate our efforts as a team.

  • Instituted an ICBA Staff Member Service Day (a paid day for volunteering at an organization of the employee’s choice)

  • Updated the ICBA Policy Manual to include language supporting gender identity

  • Created an ICBA Diversity Statement (see top of this page)

  • Created a new section on web site related to social justice resources and initiatives (this page, plus our DEI Resources page)

We continue to:

  • Meet regularly as a staff to discuss social justice and racism in an open forum where all views are respected

  • Invest in ICBA Staff training materials focusing on topics such as: diversity and inclusion, anti-racism, sexual harassment, and more.

  • Ensure ICBA’s investment strategies focus on highly rated socially responsible mutual funds

  • “Amplify & Share” Members’ social justice posts via ICBA’s social media channels

  • Work with Vendor Partners to emphasize “Codes of Conduct” with regard to social justice

During the coming year and beyond (September 15, 2020-April 30, 2021), we plan to:

  • Feature ICBA Members in networking discussions and educational webinars to share store and campus initiatives that promote diversity and anti-racism

  • Utilize a 3rd party to eliminate candidate names and pictures when hiring new ICBA associates, to reduce opportunities for subconscious bias

  • Seek and promote minority-owned Vendor Partners whenever possible to increase program diversity

  • Create an ICBA Code of Conduct and a specific Code of Conduct for virtual and in-person events reinforcing a safe and anti-harassment environment

  • Provide anti-racism and Diversity & Inclusion resources and training materials for ICBA Member Stores to complement or augment what may already be available on their campuses


If you are looking for resources and articles about Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, and how you can create a more inclusive environment in your store, please visit the DEI Resources page.