The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) are awarding 11 scholarships for academic and research library workers to attend the Symposium for Strategic Leadership in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, May 10–11 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Each scholarship awardee will receive $1,000 for travel to and participation in the conference. These travel awards aim to encourage conference participation by a wide range of individuals interested in transforming academic and research libraries into organizations that truly embody the values of diversity, equality, and inclusion.
The symposium is offered by the Association of Research Libraries and the Association of College & Research Libraries to increase understanding and capacity among academic and research library professionals for creating healthy organizations with diverse, equitable, and inclusive climates. This event will provide actionable information and tools for library and archive leaders to take back to their organizations and help develop authentically inclusive environments, where people from underrepresented and marginalized groups can thrive and succeed. Additionally, the symposium will strengthen the community of practice around diversity, equity, and inclusion in academic and research libraries and archives.
“It was inspiring to see such commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion reflected in the applications for travel scholarships to attend the Symposium for Strategic Leadership,” said Kathryn Kjaer, selection committee member and head of Library Human Resources at UC Irvine.
Selection committee member and assistant director of Minitex at University of Minnesota Libraries, Jolie Graybill, added, “I only wish we had the resources to fund all of the extremely well-qualified applicants.”
Recipients of the Strategic Leadership in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion travel awards are:
Arthur Aguilera, Boise State University
Danisha Baker-Whitaker, Bennett College
Mohamed Berray, Florida State University
Kevin Brown, University of New Mexico
Zayda Delgado, UC Riverside
Monica Figueroa, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Federico Martínez-García Jr., University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Alyse Minter, Towson University
Alanna Aiko Moore, UC San Diego
Ariana Santiago, University of Houston
Shaundra Walker, Georgia College
About the Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.
About the Association of College & Research Libraries
The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing nearly 11,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products, and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the web at acrl.org, Facebook at facebook.com/ala.acrl, and Twitter at @ala_acrl.