Travel Awards for Symposium for Strategic Leadership in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion- due Feb. 28, 2018

Symposium for Strategic Leadership in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) are offering a symposium to increase understanding and capacity among academic and research library professionals for creating healthy organizations with diverse, equitable, and inclusive climates. The Symposium for Strategic Leadership in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will be held May 10–11, 2018, at the the Marquette Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with a preconference on May 9. More information can be found on the event webpage.

Travel Awards

ARL and ACRL are offering ten $1,000 travel scholarships to academic and research library workers who are in need of financial assistance to attend the Symposium for Strategic Leadership in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Funds from the travel awards may be used to cover the cost of registration, travel to and from the conference, lodging, and meals.
These travel awards aim to encourage conference participation by a wide range of individuals interested in transforming academic and research libraries into organizations that truly embody the values of diversity, equality, and inclusion. Factors that will be taken into account in determining award winners will be: financial need, commitment to diversity values, and the desire and potential to influence change within academic/research library organizations. Each applicant is asked to submit an essay describing why they want to attend the conference and addressing the factors listed above.

Travel Award Applications

Apply online by February 28, 2018. The selection committee will be composed of members of the symposium planning group. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by April 9, 2018.
Each applicant must provide:
  • An essay (400 words maximum) that describes how the applicant will benefit from attending the Symposium for Strategic Leadership in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and/or how the event supports the applicant’s professional goals, or learning and developmental interests and needs
  • A brief statement of financial need
  • A résumé or CV
  • A recommendation letter from a supervisor or library/archive director emailed directly to Mira Swearer, mira@arl.org

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