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Digital and Inclusive Excellence Fellows

Below are current and former Digital and Inclusive Excellence Fellows.

2019–2020 Digital and Inclusive Excellence Fellows

Lydia Abedeen
Emory University
Internship host institution: Emory University

Lydia Abedeen is a junior at Emory University majoring in English and creative writing and comparative literature. She is a Questbridge Scholar, Interdisciplinary and Exploration Scholarship (IDEAS) Fellow, Burger King Scholar, and Emory research grant recipient. During her time at Emory, she has immersed herself in archival and literary work, serving as senior writing editor for Model Minority, Emory’s Asian American literary magazine, as well as a student editor and junior archivist for the Letters of Samuel Beckett project, where she dealt with the handling, collecting, preserving, and archiving of tens of thousands of Beckett’s original letters and correspondence. Her research passions stem from her love of writing and strong ties to her cultural and religious background. Through her current research, Lydia hopes to find a way to portray trauma in literature that is harmless and yet honest in its depictions, and is curious to see how libraries play a role in the dissemination of such narratives.


Asma Alomari
Virginia Commonwealth University
Internship host institution: Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries

Asma Alomari attends Virginia Commonwealth University where they double major in sociology and gender, sexuality, and women’s studies. While in high school, they volunteered at Richmond Public Library where they developed an interest in library science. They were able to develop community engagement skills throughout their time within the public library. Asma took those same skills and began working with local grassroots organizations to promote autonomous communities. Through this fellowship, they bring their experience back into the library to encourage principles of open access and better user experience with digital engagement.


Maria Arteaga
Washington State University
Internship host institution: Washington State University Libraries

Maria Arteaga attends Washington State University, where she is in her final year of undergraduate studies for anthropology and Spanish. Maria is passionate about addressing social issues. She is the current chapter vice president for Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., a politically based sorority, and is the treasurer for the Native American Women’s Association. Dedicated to furthering her community, Maria is returning for her third and final year as a multicultural student mentor. Through her mentorship and leadership Maria has learned the importance of documenting and sharing information with others. In her spare time, she works with the Women’s Center at her university to provide transportation to ensure all students get home safely at night. In the future she intends to advocate and create equal opportunities for underrepresented communities.


Glynis Boyd Hughes
Virginia Commonwealth University
Internship host institution: Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries

Glynis Boyd Hughes is a senior majoring in English, with a minor in gender, sexuality, and women’s studies at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), slated to graduate in May 2020. Glynis returned to VCU in 2017 at age 49, after a 20-year absence, to resume her studies and fulfill a childhood dream of becoming an academic. When Glynis could not connect with a student organization designed for students such as herself, she developed and founded Retro Rams, a student support and service organization for non-traditional students, which has expanded as a passionate voice for this unique student population at VCU. Glynis’s commitment to ensuring non-traditional students’ needs and challenges are at the forefront of student planning and development includes collaborating with VCU student affairs administration to implement a 10 Point Plan for Inclusivity and Engagement she created to being awarded VCU’s Emerging Leader Award in April 2019, as well as Retro Rams being recognized as Outstanding New Student Organization. Glynis also presented at the Association of Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE) conference earlier this year, her topic being the value of creating and maintaining non-traditional student organizations. Glynis has also become a researcher, the result of her burgeoning interest in student development; she completed an independent study earlier this year addressing the challenges of non-traditional students in traditional college settings. Other areas of interest for Glynis include student peer mentoring, food and basic need insecurity, and physical access to campus resources. Glynis’s post-graduation plans include graduate studies and continued advocacy for addressing non-traditional student issues as she builds her career in student affairs.


Shao Yuan Chong
University of British Columbia Okanagan
Internship host institution: University of British Columbia Okanagan

Shao Yuan is a junior at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, pursuing a double major in history and psychology. Having been exposed to the field of historical research since high school, he holds deep curiosity towards topics relating to the field of social history, specifically East and Southeast Asian social history in the 20th and 21st centuries. Shao Yuan was first inspired by his history teachers from high school, before his interest got further developed by his history professors as well as his subject librarian on campus. This has planted the seed of his present passion for pursuing a further understanding in historical research and archival studies. Aside from his research interest in history, he also takes an interest in forensic clinical psychological research, specifically pursuing strands of research relating to sexual offense, sexual deviance, and, broadly, sexuality as a whole.


Israel Herrera
University of Florida
Internship host institution: University of Florida Libraries

Israel Herrera is an undergraduate student at the University of Florida’s (UF) College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He has previously worked at libraries in his schools, county, and now university. Israel has worked at the UF Libraries’ Latin American and Caribbean Collection for approximately two years. As a Venezuelan and Colombian, this position has allowed him to be involved in his heritage and culture while also gaining experience in the library system. Personal experiences with disability, as well as academic courses, have given Israel a strong desire to help minorities and underrepresented people. Generally, he has interests in programming, hardware, music, and mathematics. Israel intends on improving upon the resources and representations given to these groups in the technological and library systems.


Kerah Iyall
Washington State University
Internship host institution: Washington State University Libraries

Kerah Iyall attends Washington State University for her undergraduate degrees in history and anthropology. Kerah is an active participant on campus and in her community. She serves as the chair for ASWSU Ku-Ah-Mah, the Native American student organization of WSU. She is also a resident advisor for Housing and Residence Life. Kerah enjoys opportunities to bring awareness to Native American issues on campus and uses her platform in Residence Life to advocate for minority students. Kerah has a passion for social change and seeks to empower Native youth to pursue their goals. She hopes to inspire change in academia and ensure students of all backgrounds are able to succeed in their endeavors.


Claudia Konings
Emory University
Internship host institution: Emory University

Claudia Konings is a QuestBridge Scholar and currently attends Emory University. She is an active member in campus life and enjoys the responsibilities of being programming director of Emory’s college radio station, WMRE. Claudia is working towards a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and classics and hopes to continue her academic pursuits in the archaeological field. She is a sophomore, from Winter Garden, Florida. Claudia has a deep passion for the power of communication and its lasting imprint on society, and hopes to continue to pursue knowledge by understanding how libraries document and share dialogue in their own expanding communities.


Ivanna Moreno
University of Florida
Internship host institution: University of Florida Libraries

Ivanna Moreno is an undergraduate at the University of Florida’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, pursuing a BA in political science and minoring in history. In addition to working as a student library assistant in the Latin American and Caribbean Collection of the University of Florida Libraries, she works as a collections assistant in the Environmental Archaeology Department of the Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH) and volunteers at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera & Biodiversity within the FLMNH as well. Her interests in the library sciences, archival management, and museum administration stem from her passions for political and cultural history, in addition to the role of historical narratives and representation in academia. Her Colombian heritage and upbringing in the United States have similarly played a role in her professional interests. Ivanna aims to pursue an MA specializing in archival and museum management in the future.


Kagen Quiballo
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Internship host institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Libraries

Kagen Quiballo is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign double majoring in mathematics and statistics with a minor in informatics. He volunteers as both a math ambassador and stats ambassador representing and serving both departments at university-affiliated events. Additionally, his undergraduate career has brought many research opportunities, such as being a research assistant for the Illinois Geometry Lab, an intern at The College Board, and an intern at AbbVie Pharmaceuticals. In his free time, Kagen enjoys leading his hip hop dance teams as the artistic director by creating original choreography to perform on some of the biggest stages in the Midwest urban dance community. He is passionate about data science and social justice issues and will be working with the Research Data Service program during his internship in hopes of creating a more inclusive and aware community.


Izchel Quintero
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Internship host institution: University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries

Izchel Quintero is an undergraduate student at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln majoring in Spanish, English, and global studies. As a Mexican immigrant and former ESL student, Izchel holds a passion for finding better ways to provide access to information for immigrants and minority groups, and the preservation of their history and heritage. Izchel is a student worker at the university’s Archives and Special Collections; writes controversial poetry, fiction, and fan fiction on the side; and plans to pursue an MA in library sciences and an MFA in creative writing.


Hailey Vasquez
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Internship host institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Libraries

Hailey Vasquez is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign majoring in history and minoring in informatics. For the past year and a half she has worked at the Illinois History and Lincoln Collections (IHLC) in the University of Illinois library system where she was introduced to the care of information resources and archival materials. Her work with a local digital humanities initiative, SourceLab, sparked her interest in open education and the freedom of information. She believes the unique and personal histories of marginalized groups need to be better documented and hopes to contribute to their accessibility.


2019–2020 ARL/NYU Digital Library Fellow

Joel Ureña
New York University
Internship host institution: New York University Libraries

Joel Ureña is a fourth-year student and Opportunity Programs scholar majoring in integrated digital media and minoring in computer science at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. During his time at Tandon, Joel has immersed himself on campus, tackling various roles such as teaching assistant, school senator, and lead student assistant for the Bern Dibner Library. He’d like to continue working to increase community engagement on campus, by involving himself in endeavors to increase diversity on campus and by working to highlight the stories of marginalized peoples that walked through the hallowed halls of NYU Tandon (previously the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute). Through this fellowship, Joel hopes to immerse himself within the field of information sciences and learn about the various ways in which libraries can incorporate safe data collection and use practices into library services as a means to stimulate student engagement. 


2018–2019 Digital and Inclusive Excellence Fellows

  • Jeremiah Azurin, Harvard University
    Internship host institution: Harvard University Libraries
  • Turquoise Baker, Johns Hopkins University
    Internship host institution: Johns Hopkins Libraries
  • Tiffany Dinwiddie, Wayne State University
    Internship host institution: Wayne State Libraries
  • Marilu Duque, New York University
    Internship host institution: New York University Libraries
  • Livia Garza, University of Houston
    Internship host institution: University of Houston Libraries
  • Jonathan Ji, New York University
    Internship host institution: New York University Libraries
  • Stephanie Jones, Virginia Commonwealth University
    Internship host institution: Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries
  • Yvonne Rivas, New York University
    Internship host institution: New York University Libraries
  • Karla M. Roig Blay, The University of Texas at Austin
    Internship host institution: The University of Texas at Austin Libraries
  • Bran Schaffer, Simon Fraser University
    Internship host institution: Simon Fraser University Library
  • Kaitlin Srader, Washington State University
    Internship host institution: Washington State University Libraries

2017–2018 Digital and Inclusive Excellence Fellows

  • Katiana Bagué, University of Florida
    Internship host institution: University of Florida Libraries
  • Jazmine Ike-Lopez, Washington State University
    Internship host institution: Washington State University Libraries
  • Timmia King, Howard University
    Internship host institution: Howard University Libraries
  • Leah Lavigne, New York University
    Internship host institution: New York University Libraries
  • Stephanie Lopez, New York University
    Internship host institution: New York University Libraries
  • Jade Matias Bell, University of Southern California
    Internship host institution: University of Southern California Libraries
  • Amy Padilla, University of New Mexico
    Internship host institution: University of New Mexico Libraries
  • Y Vy Truong, University of British Columbia
    Internship host institution: University of British Columbia Library
  • Anderson Tsai Wang, New York University
    Internship host institution: New York University Libraries
  • Amanda Wong, The University of Chicago
    Internship host institution: University of Chicago Library
  • Marcelo Gabriel Yáñez, New York University
    Internship host institution: New York University Libraries

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