Diversity Advocate Certificate Requirements

  • Click here to complete 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.

  • Attend at least three diversity events or programs. These may be organized by SILS student groups or by other campus/community organizations. For each event, write a response of at least 250 words about how the event relates to ILS; post it to the Sakai site in the appropriate assignment section. Other ILS related events or programs outside of SILS can also qualify. See the following list for pre-approved suggestions; check with the Diversity Committee to see if other events would qualify. Events will also be shared periodically through the SILS email listservs and on Twitter under #SILSDiversity.

    • Diversity webinars offered by the ALA (the list is here). Some of the webinars are free. If you would like to watch one of the others, coordinate with a relevant SILS student group to plan a viewing; SILS will pay the group fee for two per semester.

    • Checked Out meetings.

    • Walking tours of campus - these are free and run through the visitor’s center (schedule here). Relevant options include the Black and Blue Tour (African-American history) and the American Indian Center Presents the Native Narrative (the AIC can also schedule this tour separately for groups).

    • Performances at the Carolina Performing Arts Center or the Playmakers Repertory Company that feature themes of race, LGBTQ+ issues, or other diverse topics. Performances, lectures, or other programs focused on diversity at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History.

    • Speakers on race, gender, disability, or other diverse topics.

  • Help to organize at least one event of the type described above. You may plan an event or assemble a group to attend an existing one. Write a response of at least 250 words on the experience and how it relates to ILS; post it to Sakai in the appropriate Assignment section.

  • Take at least one of the following courses in your time at SILS. Post the name and semester of the course in the appropriate Sakai Assignment section.

    • INLS 690: Information Services in a Diverse Society

    • INLS 739: Information Services for Specific Populations

    • INLS 758: International and Cross-Cultural Perspectives for Information Management

    • INLS 539: Going the Last Mile: Access to Information for Underserved Populations

    • INLS 735: Youth Services in a Diverse Society

    • INLS 584: Information Ethics

    • INLS 890-977: Dublin-Berlin Summer Seminar, INLS 890-976: London Summer Seminar, or INLS 890-976: Prague Summer Seminar

    • Any language class, such as SPAN 401: Beginning Accelerated Spanish

  • Complete at least one of the following trainings. Write a statement of at least 250 words on how the training is relevant to ILS; post it to the Sakai site in the appropriate Assignment section.

    • SafeZone (registration here). LGBTQ awareness and allyship.

    • HAVEN (registration here). ”Provides students, faculty, staff and Post Doctoral Fellows with tools to be an ally to someone who has experienced sexual or interpersonal (relationship) violence or stalking.” -Student Wellness website.

    • Mental Health First Aid (community registration here, UNC faculty/staff registration here).

    • Other relevant training. Check with the Diversity Committee to see if something qualifies.

Final Response:

  • After completing the above requirements, write a personal statement on your position on diversity and inclusion in ILS. This should be at least 250 words; think of it as a statement that you can articulate to potential employers and other ILS professionals. It can include a summary of your experiences of diversity related to ILS concerns, what you learned from the attended events, and/or how you sought to promote a diversity-friendly environment and would do so in future. There will be an option to have your statement published on the Diversity page of the SILS website, but it is not required. Post the statement to Sakai in the appropriate Assignment area.


  • The SILS Diversity Committee will review and approve the Diversity Certificate portfolios, and the Certificates will be awarded by the School of Information and Library Science at graduation each semester.