Diversity Events & Programs
2019-20 iSchool Diversity Events
High School to iSchool: Diversity & Inclusion Outreach Initiative
iTech Inclusion Symposium: Friday, Nov. 8, 2019; 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., HUB Ballroom (2020 date TBD)
The Symposium is a half-day event for 200 high school students from all backgrounds and identities to experience equity and inclusion in technology. Engagement comes in the form of tech station activities that provide a fun, hands-on experience with technology and engage students in the field of Informatics (INFO). The intent is to plant the seed and prep high school students to apply for Direct Freshman Admission to INFO. The earlier we connect, the stronger their college applications can be. We strive to diversify our program and field because information professionals are the leaders who are making decisions about policy, admissions, hiring, funding and products. These decision makers have great influence on who is advantaged, thus who might be disadvantaged, by these decisions.
Hack for Social Good Hackathon: Friday, May 29, 2020; 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Intellectual House
Hack for Social Good brings together 100 diverse high school students with a range of skill sets to develop solutions that address a wide array of issues, although by design, no technology background is required. We seek to explore, design and create potential technology-based solutions that positively impact the world. Hack for Social Good challenges students to venture into a new problem space and develop thoughtful solutions that advance diversity, equity and inclusion. Be the change you wish to see!
Diversity Power Hour Lunch Series
12:30-1:30 p.m.; MGH 258
Fall/Diversity Month: Nov. 13 (MLIS); Nov. 15 (INFO/Winfo)
Winter: Jan. 17 (MSIM); Jan. 30 (MLIS); Feb. 12 (INFO/Winfo); TBD (DSA)
Spring: April 22 (Summit summary/2020-21 planning)
The Power Hour Diversity Lunches offer opportunities for iSchool students to connect and lunch and learn together. A healthy lunch that reflects the dietary needs, restrictions and preferences of all attendees is provided.
Diversity Meet & Greet Reception
Monday, April 6, 2020; Time TBD; MGH 258. Refreshments will be served. Current iSchool students, faculty and staff welcome newly admitted iSchool graduate students.
All iSchool Diversity & Equity Summit
Friday April 3, 2020; Sam E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center Unity Room, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Lunch provided: Student and Staff debriefing sessions, noon-1:30 p.m.; faculty noon-2 p.m.
The Diversity & Equity Summit is a half-day event that offers opportunities for the iSchool community to come together to interact and have conversation around a range of diversity-related topics. A healthy lunch that reflects the dietary needs, restrictions and preferences of all attendees is provided.
Dates of note
- ALA Midwinter: Jan. 24-28, 2020, Philadelphia, PA
- STARS Diversity Conference Cohort Program training: March 11-14, 2020; Portland, OR
- Spring California Diversity Forum: April 18, 2020; UCLA
- ALA Annual: June 25-30, 2020, Chicago, IL
- NAISA Conference: May 7-9, 2020; Toronto, CA
Events and dates/times/location are subject to change!