Diversity and Social Justice

Addressing challenging, but necessary, topics such as racism, privilege, power, etc., and coupling them with critical theory in an effort to develop compassionate, proactive, and culturally competent information professionals

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Computational Impact Assessment of Issue Focused Media and Information Products

Time frame
2015-Present
Investigator
Jana Diesner
Total funding to date
$150,000.00
Funding agency
Ford Foundation

Films are produced, screened and perceived as part of a larger and continuously changing ecosystem that involves multiple stakeholders and themes. This project will measure the impact of social justice documentaries by capturing, modeling and analyzing the map of these stakeholders and themes in a systematic, scalable and analytically rigorous fashion. This solution will result in a validated…

Something Beautiful: Social Justice, Empathy, and Cultural Competence in Children’s Books

Time frame
2016-Present
Investigator
Nicole A. Cooke

Picture books, such as those in the Marantz Collection (Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science), play an important role in developing literacy in our library users—from traditional literacy (as it relates to reading), to visual literacy, to cultural literacy. Exposing patrons of all ages to the messages contained in children’s literature can have lasting and…

The Carnegie Scholars

Time frame
2015-Present
Investigator
Nicole A. Cooke

From 1970-1972 the Graduate School of Library Science at the University of Illinois (now the School of Information Sciences) welcomed and educated twenty-eight students of color known as The Carnegie Scholars. Spearheaded by faculty member Dr. Terry Crowley, he described the Carnegie Scholars program as “an unusual, flawed, but ultimately successful program to increase the number of…

The Carnegie Scholars

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