SILS Commitment to Diversity

Diversity Statement

In support of the University’s diversity goals and the mission of the School of Information and Library Science, SILS embraces diversity as an ethical and societal value. We broadly define diversity to include race, gender, national origin, ethnicity, religion, social class, age, sexual orientation and physical and learning ability. As an academic community committed to preparing our graduates to be leaders in an increasingly multicultural and global society we strive to:

  • Ensure inclusive leadership, policies and practices;
  • Integrate diversity into the curriculum and research;
  • Foster a mutually respectful intellectual environment in which diverse opinions are valued;
  • Recruit traditionally underrepresented groups of students, faculty and staff; and
  • Participate in outreach to underserved groups in the State. 

The statement represents a commitment of resources to the development and maintenance of an academic environment that is open, representative, reflective and committed to the concepts of equity and fairness.

                                                   ~The Faculty and Staff of the UNC School of Information and Library Science

School of Information and Library Science Diversity Plan

Each unit on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus produces a yearly Diversity Plan that is shared with the University's Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. The SILS Diversity Committee completed the SILS Diversity Plan that may be accessed here.


SILS Diversity Advocate Certificate

The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) Diversity Advocate Certificate can be earned during a student’s time at SILS. It aims to offer formal recognition to SILS students who are active participants in making UNC SILS and the field of information and library science a more diversity-friendly learning environment.

If you are interested in completing this certificate, click here for the registration form. You will be added to the SILS Diversity Certificate Sakai site, where your progress will be documented. All requirements must be completed 30 days before your graduation date from SILS.


  • Application: Complete the form on the SILS website to be added to Sakai.
  • Diversity Certificate Portfolio: This will consists of the documents submitted through Sakai (details below). Everything must be submitted by 30 days before graduation.
  • Three responses to events that you attended, each at least 250 words
  • One response to an event that you helped organize, at least 250 words
  • Completion and response to a training, at least 250 words
  • Completion of a relevant academic course
  • Final statement, at least 250 words

Click here for a more detailed description of certificate requirements and options.


Diversity Scholarship and Award Winners

American Library Association Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship Program: Building Change

The Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship Program: Building Change seeks to reinforce and expand efforts to recruit racially and ethnically diverse individuals to the LIS professorate.

  • Elnora K. Tayag (2013)

American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship Award

The Spectrum Scholarship is ALA'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." The past winners from SILS include:

Ernest Goodson Jr. (2016) 
Natalia Lopez (2015) 
• Olivia Dorsey (2014)
• Barrye Brown, Kristen Bowen and Rhonda Jones (2013)
• Lori Harris (2012)
• Carla Davis-Castro (2011)
• Sofia Becerra-Licha (2010)
• Brian Leaf (2009)
• Neeri Rao (2009)
• Stephen Chan (2007)
• Amy Roberson (2007)
• Marcos Rodriguez (2006)
• Baasil Wilder (2005)
• Megan Perez (2005)
• Toshiba Burns-Johnson (2005)
• Martha Preddie (2003)
• Aisha Harvey (2000)
• Monecia Samuel (1999)
• Mihoko Hosoi (1998)
• Tomeka Berry (1998)

Society of American Archivists Harold T. Pinkett Award

The Harold T. Pinkett Award was created in 1993, to recognize and acknowledge “minority graduate students, such as those of African, Asian, Latino or Native American descent, who, through scholastic and personal achievement, manifest an interest in becoming professional archivists and active members of the Society of American Archivists.”

  • Lori Harris (2013)

Society of American Archivists Mosaic Scholarship

“The Mosaic Scholarship was established by the SAA Council in August 2008 to advance SAA's Diversity Strategic Priority: To provide financial and mentoring support to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science, to encourage students to pursue a career as an archivist, and to promote the diversification of the American archives profession."

  • Barrye Brown and Rhonda Jones (2013)

Carolina Diversity details the university's commitment to fostering "a welcoming climate that values and respects all members of the University community."

Equal Opportunity Policies: the definitive resource for UNC Chapel Hill's Equal Opportunity and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) policies.