Inclusion Initiatives


  • Syllabus Template (PDF, Word)—This syllabus template has been approved by the core faculty, the Curriculum Committee, and the Task Force on Inclusion. We recommend providing a statement on inclusion in the syllabus. The suggested text reads, in part: "We support diversity of world views, histories, and cultural knowledge across a range of social groups including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, abilities, economic class, religion, and their intersections."
  • Joint Degree in LIS and African Studies—This collaboration with the Center for African Studies offers an approximately three-year long joint degree program. At the end of this program, participants will have earned both a master of science in library and information science and a master of arts in African studies.

Recruitment and Funding

  • Financial aid information—There are numerous sources for financial aid available to MS/LIS students. The Association of Research Libraries Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce offers stipends to MS/LIS students and the American Library Association provides scholarships for underrepresented groups.
  • G. Edward Evans Minority Students Scholarship—This scholarship has two primary purposes: to give something back to a field that has provided a lifetime of interesting, challenging, and rewarding professional experiences, and to assist in expanding the ethnic and social diversity of the library profession. The scholarship shall be given annually to student/s admitted to the School from underrepresented demographic groups. Providing quality services to everyone in society is best assured by having the profession closely represent the composition of today’s society, especially in terms of economic, ethnic, and racial diversity. Support for this scholarship was also provided by ABC-CLIO.
  • Spectrum Scholarship ProgramALA's national diversity and recruitment effort designed to address the specific issue of under-representation of critically needed ethnic librarians within the profession while serving as a model for ways to bring attention to larger diversity issues in the future. In addition to the scholarship from ALA, the School awards Spectrum scholars tuition waivers to cover the 40 hours of coursework that satisfy the MS/LIS degree requirements.  
  • Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship Program: Building Change seeks to reinforce and expand efforts to recruit racially and ethnically diverse individuals to the LIS professorate . . . With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the ALA continues its efforts to recruit doctoral candidates from ethnically diverse backgrounds and work with participating academic programs to support their education and attainment of their degrees. Spectrum Doctoral Fellows receive full tuition support and stipends for two years; support for participation in professional conferences where they can share their research; and participation in two Spectrum Doctoral Fellows Institutes to prepare for their doctoral studies and dissertation work. Participating academic programs provide full tuition and stipends for the required remaining years of study following the first two years.

Student Initiatives

  • ALA student chapter Queers and Allies Committee—Queers and Allies is exactly what it sounds like: a group of queers and allies! We get together every few weeks for conversation and coffee, and we keep each other posted on campuswide events for the GLBTQA community. We're hoping to do some nifty stuff this semester like create a presence at Leep weekend and host a movie night, and we'd love to get some new people with new ideas! For more information, check out our Facebook page.

Campus Initiatives