As a school librarian who serves students from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences and works with diverse colleagues everyday, diversity work is at the core of what I do.
I define diversity as broadly as possible to recognize all forms of experience and identity which shape us as individuals. This includes, but is not limited to, race, ethnicity, national origin, language, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, ability, religious beliefs, political beliefs, and age.
Diversity Initiatives at UNC SILS
SILS Task Force on Diversity Co-Coordinator 2010-2011
Along with my colleague Brian Leaf, I proposed the Diversity Task Force to Dean Marchionini. After its approval, I worked with members of the Task Force to support faculty and students in the development of diversity-related programming, educational content, recruitment efforts, and raise the level of discourse and awareness around diversity-related topics.
As a co-coordinator of the Task force, I helped lead the way for one of the first accomplishments of the SILS Diversity Task Force: the development of the Advocate Certificate. Based on the UNC Diversity Education Team’s Diversity Advocate Certificate, the SILS Diversity Advocate certificate aims to offer formal recognition to SILS students who are active participants in making UNC SILS and the field of Information and Library Science a more diverse-friendly learning environment. In addition to being a recipient, as one of the co-coordinators of the Task Force, I worked to develop programming, advertise and execute the inaugural semester of the certificate.
Diversity Committee – Master’s Student Co-Representative 2010-2011
I was one of two master’s student representatives on the UNC SILS Diversity committee, the primary responsibility of which is to serve as the SILS liaison with the University’s Diversity Committee and the Office of the Associate Provost for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. It is charged to document and foster diversity-related accomplishments within SILS in relation to faculty and staff recruitment and retention, student enrollment, curricula, research, and relationships with the professional and academic community.
Diversity with ALA
Over the Rainbow Juror 2011-2012
As a member of this committee, I read, recommend and occasionally review books with LGBTQ content across all generes. The committee’s charge is to create a bibliography of books that exhibit commendable literary quality and significant authentic LGBT content and are recommended for adults over age 18.
ALA Reach 21 Institute Scholarship Recipient – June 2011
I participated in the Reach 21 Institute, which brings together LIS students and graduates from across the country to network, learn models of cross-cultural leadership, reaffirm professional values grounded in service to diverse communities, develop career skills and connect with a wide range of leaders and potential mentors. It is designed to empower participants to attain and retain positions of leadership, thereby ensuring the quality and validity of library and information science for our increasingly diverse population of users.
GLBTRT Round Table Member – 2009 to 2011
I am a member of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association, which is committed to serving the information needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender professional library community, and the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender information and access needs of individuals at large. We are committed to encouraging and supporting the free and necessary access to all information, as reflected by the missions of the American Library Association.