Dr. Kayla Booth, research assistant professor and director of the iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3), recently received a nearly $350,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for her team’s project titled “Diversity by Design: Scaling and Fostering Diverse and Inclusive Intergenerational Communities of Practice.” The team, including Dr. Elizabeth Eikey (University of California, Irvine), Dr. Lynette Yarger (Pennsylvania State University), and Dr. Joe Sanchez (Queens College) will explore how underrepresented minority students develop and maintain a sense of community and belonging within cohort-based recruitment programs. They will also look at how these experiences compare to participants’ sense of community in their graduate programs and workplaces. The project will also provide recommendations for how the community developed in recruitment programs can be extended and scaled to a model of lifelong learning and support. Read the full abstract here.

The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program supports developing a diverse workforce of library and archives professionals to better serve the changing learning and information needs of the American public by enhancing the training and professional development of librarians, developing faculty and library leaders, and recruiting and educating the next generation of librarians.

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