iDiversity at UMD

iDivJoin iDiversity for Post-Election Debrief! Details below:

When: Wednesday, November 21st Where: Hornbake, 4th Floor Lounge

The results of the election are in, so let’s do something!

Bring along a list of ideas for action we can take (as individuals, as an organization, & as a profession) to ensure that our friends & colleagues are protected in the long months & years ahead. For example, you can bring:

– A list of organizations that we can support (through donations, volunteering, etc.)
– Ideas for initiatives that we can propose to the iSchool
– Potential partnerships with other on-campus groups
– Whatever else you can think of!

Please also consider ideas for a December fundraiser & what we’d like to do with the money. If you can’t make it to the meeting, feel free to send us your suggestions & we’ll share them with the group!

There will also be supplies to write letters for With You, With Love: Sending Cards to LGBTQ, Muslim, & Immigrant Youth.

Some more information on iDiversity: 

iDiversity is open to all graduate students in the iSchool. Our mission is to promote awareness of inclusivity, diversity, and accessibility within the information professions. This takes the form of workshops, reading groups, community projects, and fundraisers/drives. Students interested in social justice and activism are encouraged to join us. If you are an online student or can’t make our in-person meetings for whatever reason, you are still more than welcome to join us–we have several projects that can be completed entirely online, and we are happy to arrange virtual meetings via google hangout or skype.

*Read more about our mission and vision below:

Mission

iDiversity at the University of Maryland promotes awareness of diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility within the information professions. The iDiversity group strives to create and maintain a dialogue between iSchool students, alumni,and faculty, as well as information professionals outside the university, to ensure that issues of diversity are addressed in practice, research, and technology.

Vision

For the iSchool: iDiversity will remain committed as a change agent to promote an inclusive and sustainable legacy of open communication, shared knowledge, mentoring, and cultural competency within the iSchool, as well as encourage a continuous culture of diversity within LIS education.

For the profession: iDiversity envisions a world where information spaces reflect the global
community and a level playing field; information is equitably and inclusively accessible;
research contributes new modes of access and representation for underserved populations; and diversity becomes an integrated part of our consciousness as information professionals through exploration, education, and mentoring.

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