Members of the ARL Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and their designees have chosen 18 master of library and information science (MLIS) students to participate in the 2019–2021 Kaleidoscope Program as ARL Diversity Scholars.
Funded by ARL member libraries, the Kaleidoscope Program offers financial support to program participants as well as leadership development through the ARL Annual Leadership Symposium, a formal mentoring program, career placement assistance, and a site visit to an ARL member library. This program reflects the commitment of ARL members to address the historical underrepresentation of many racial and ethnic groups within the research library and archives workforce. The Kaleidoscope Program helps create a diverse professional community that will better meet the needs of researchers, students, and other constituencies whose demographics and perspectives are quickly evolving.
“The accomplishments of those in the pool of applicants were extremely impressive, which made the selection of people for this program very difficult,” said Lisa German, dean of University Libraries at the University of Houston and member of the selection committee. “If they are indicative of the librarians of the future, we are all in good hands.”
The 2019–2021 ARL Diversity Scholars are:
- Lauren A. Camarillo, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- David Castro, UCLA
- Adaliz N. Cruz, Simmons University
- Marilu Duque, University of Michigan
- Eiman Elnoshokaty, University of British Columbia
- Carlos A. Grooms, North Carolina Central University
- Neah Ingram-Monteiro, University of British Columbia
- Heeva Kadivar, North Carolina Central University
- Sally N. Márquez, San José State University
- Cani S. McMillian, University of Michigan
- Emily Ping O’Brien, Texas Woman’s University
- Bran Schaffer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Tashiana Monique Scott-Cochran, North Carolina Central University
- Lese Taylor, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
- Jeremy E. Thompson Jr., University of Arizona
- Renée A. Torres, San José State University
- Erik Valenzuela, University of Southern California
- Doris Watts, Emporia State University
For more information about the program, visit the ARL Kaleidoscope Program website.
About the Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promotes equity and diversity, and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.