ALA Leaders Wanted: Cultivating Diversity in LIS Education, ALA Las Vegas, 6/28, 10:30-1:00


Please join us if you are interested in doctoral work in LIS!

Leaders Wanted: Cultivating Diversity in LIS Education
Saturday, June 28, 2014
10:30-1:00 (10:30-Panel/ 11:30-Options Fair)
Las Vegas Hotel – Paradise South

The ALA Office for Diversity and the University of Washington iSchool are very excited to invite you to our seventh annual information session with a focus on recruiting minority PhD students to the field of library and information science.

Leaders Wanted is:

  • a panel of minority LIS PhD students sharing their journeys and helpful tips for the PhD application process
  • an introduction to the Spectrum Doctoral Fellows and the ALISE/ALA Social Justice Collaboratorium
  • an Options Fair where attendees can speak with faculty, doctoral students, and other representatives from a wide variety of schools from across the country (see list of participating schools below); learn about LIS PhD programs and funding opportunities.

All are welcome to join us!

10:30am-11:15am Panel on Doctoral Education
Moderated by: Dr. Nicole Cooke, faculty member, University Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
PhD student panelists:
Jason Alston, University of South Carolina
Lenese Colson, Florida State University
Sandy Littletree, University of Washington
Robert Montoya, UCLA
LaVerne Gray, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Spectrum Doctoral Fellows — Introducing the ALISE/ALA Social Justice Collaboratiorium. Learn more about the Spectrum Fellows at:
11:30am-1:00pm Options Fair (participating schools listed below*)
Meet informally with representatives from schools with doctoral programs in LIS
MLIS information will also be available

We look forward to seeing you at Leaders Wanted!

Allyson Carlyle, Associate Professor, University of Washington, iSchool (
Cynthia Del Rosario, Diversity Programs Advisor, University of Washington, iSchool (
Gwendolyn Prellwitz, Assistant Director Spectrum and Related Grants, Office for Diversity & Spectrum, ALA (

Schools Participating in Options Fair
University of Alabama
University of Arizona
Dominican University
Drexel University
Kent State University
University of Illinois
University of Maryland
University of Michigan
University of Missouri
University of North Carolina
Rutgers University
San Jose State University
Simmons College
University of South Carolina
University of Tennessee
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin — Madison
University of Wisconsin — Milwaukee