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Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Constituted in 2017, the D&I Committee is dedicated to increasing the iSchool's diversity and creating an inclusive community that welcomes all students, staff, faculty, and friends of the school. If you would like to get involved, have an idea for an event, or would like to learn more about D&I resources and activities at the iSchool, please contact the committee chair.


Committee Chair (2021-2022)

Dr. Edgar Gómez-Cruz

Edgar Gómez-Cruz

Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion & Associate Professor

Committee Members (2021-2022)

Ahmer Arif

Ahmer Arif

Assistant Professor

Kayla Booth

Kayla Booth

Assistant Professor of Instruction

David Lankes

David Lankes

Virginia and Charles Bowden Professor of Librarianship

Natasha Saldaña, Undergraduate Student Program Coordinator

Natasha Saldaña

Undergraduate Student Program Coordinator

Professor Bo Xie

Bo Xie


Recent iSchool D&I Activities

The committee was hard at work over the 2020-2021 academic year funding student initiatives and finding new ways to engage and support students in our virtual environment:

  • Funded the SAA book club for A Black Women's History of the United States (2020)
  • Hosted a screening of the documentary Change the Subject in collaboration with UT Libraries
  • Organized a group for a virtual Black Austin Tour
  • Created and shared a student resource guide for pandemic support and more
  • Funded two $500 Diversity & Inclusion Awards for Open House projects: Read about this year's winners

View the full D&I Committee Activity Report