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Diversity Certificate

SILS IDEA Advocate Certificate

The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) values Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA).  The SILS IDEA Advocate Certificate which can be earned during a student’s time at SILS 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 equitable and inclusive learning environment.

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

SILS IDEA Advocate Certificate Requirements

1. Attend Three DEI Events & Write Statements

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. Organize a DEI Event & Write a Statement

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.  Complete a Relevant Elective Academic Course

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 690-313: Humanistic Theories for LIS Inquiry
  • INLS 690-323: Community Archives
  • INLS 690-324: Design for Accessibility
  • INLS 737: Inclusive Information Services for Diverse Populations
  • INLS 739: Information Services for Specific Populations
  • INLS 754: Access, Outreach, and Public Service in Cultural Heritage Repositories
  • 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 a Training & Write a Statement

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.

5. Final Response and Portfolio

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. Everything must be submitted by 30 days before graduation.


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.


Diversity Advocate Certificate Recipients
  • Mya McCoy (MSLS ’23)
  • Mayra Enid Bonet (MSLS ’22)
  • Erica Roberts (MSLS ’22)
  • Jade Bruno (MSLS ’21)
  • Jess Epsten (MSLS ’21)
  • Allison Kittinger (MSLS ’21)
  • Mara Plantholt (MSLS ’21)
  • Emily Simmons (MSLS ’21)
  • Kari Spencer (MSLS ’21)
  • Sarah Wall (MSLS ’21)
  • Jenna Wine (MSLS ’21)
  • Stephanie L. Crowell (MSLS ’20)
  • Sharon M. Demorest (MSLS ’20)
  • Catherine M. Gallagher (MSLS ’20)
  • Megan McMahon (MSIS ’20)
  • Nadia Clifton (MSLS ’19)
  • Margaret Foster (MSLS ’19)
  • Amelia Midgett-Nicholson (MSLS ’19)
  • Dezarae Osborne (MSLS ’19)
  • Claire Payne (MSIS ’19)
  • Jamie Ramos (BSIS ’19)
  • Mara Rosenberg (MSLS ’19)
  • Sarah Sculnick (MSLS ’19)
  • Brittany Soder (MSLS ’19)
  • Rachel~Anne Spencer (MSIS ’19)
  • Gina Wessinger (MSLS ’19)
  • Brittany Burchett (MSLS ’18)
  • Ellen Cline (MSLS ’18)
  • Jennifer Kim Embree (MSLS ’18)
  • Melissa Ferens (MSLS ’18)
  • Jeremy Sutton Frye (MSLS ’18)
  • Matthew Weirick Johnson (MSLS ’18)
  • Rebecca Greenstein (MSLS ’17)
  • Stephen Krueger (MSLS ’17)
  • Stephanie Ryan (Information Systems Minor ’17)
  • Kai Ewing (MSLS ’15)
  • Morgan McKeehan (MSLS ’15)
  • Alexander Poole (PhD ’15)
  • Erin Carter (MSIS ’14)
  • Dawn Dvorak (MSLS ’14)
  • Sarah Arnold (MSLS ’13)
  • Dani Brecher (MSLS ’13)
  • Megan Nicole England (MSLS ’13)
  • Ben Jahre (MSLS ’13)
  • Veronica Koven-Matasy (MSLS ’13)
  • Kathryn McNamara (MSLS ’13)
  • Dawn Reinhardt (MSLS ’13)
  • Kristen Street (MSLS ’13)
  • Kathleen Sullivan (MSLS ’13)
  • Sofia Becerra-Licha (MSLS ’12)
  • Erin Carrillo (MSLS ’12)
  • Jacqueline E. Chapman (MSLS ’12)
  • Billy Cook (MSLS ’12)
  • Sarah Dooley (MSLS ’12)
  • Michael Hughes (MSLS ’12)
  • Liz Johns (MSLS ’12)
  • Susan Metallo (MSLS ’12)
  • Jennifer Scully (MSLS ’12)
  • Madeline Veitch (MSLS ’12)