SILS IDEA Advocate Certificate Requirements

SILS IDEA Advocate Certificate Portfolio Requirements: 

1. Attend at least three events or programs that focus on equity, diversity, or inclusion. These may be organized by SILS student groups, by other campus/community organizations, by professional associations in our field, or by local community organizations. For each event, write a response of at least 250 words about how the event relates to ILS; post it to the Canvas site in the appropriate assignment section. Here is a list of potential resources for events. Events will also be shared periodically through the SILS email listservs, Student Services Newsletter, and on social media: 

2. Help to organize at least one event or program. You may plan an event (program) 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 Canvas in the appropriate Assignment section. Note: Participation in SILS annual Symposium for Social Good does not count towards this requirement.

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

  • INLS 690-276: Informational Professional in the Makerspace
  • INLS 690-323: Community Archives
  • INLS 737: Inclusive Information Services for Diverse Populations
  • INLS 739: Information Services for Specific Populations
  • INLS 758: International and Cross-Cultural Perspectives for Information Management
  • INLS 735: Youth Services in a Diverse Society
  • Any language class, such as SPAN 401: Beginning Accelerated Spanish

4. 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 Canvas site in the appropriate Assignment section.

Final Response: After completing the above requirements, write a personal statement on your position on equity and inclusion in ILS. This should be at least 250 words; think of it as a statement that you can  share with potential employers and other ILS professionals. It can include a summary of your experiences of equity, diversity, and inclusion related to ILS concerns, what you learned from the attended events, and/or how you sought to promote an equitable and inclusive environment and would do so in future. Post the statement to Canvas in the appropriate Assignment area.


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