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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 (2020-2021)

Rachel Van Middlesworth

Rachel Van Middlesworth

Career Development Office Manager

Committee Members (2020-2021)

Keisha Brown, Director of Communications

Keisha Brown

Director of Communications

Carla Criner, Assistant Dean for Education and Student Affairs

Carla Criner

Assistant Dean for Education and Student Affairs

Ida Rahnamai

Ida Rahnamai

Senior Administrative Associate

Professor Bo Xie

Bo Xie

Professor

Elle Carnley

Elle Carnley

MSIS Student

Ali Gunnells

Ali Gunnells

MSIS Student

Emma Hetrick

Emma Hetrick

MSIS Student

Gabrielle Roth

Gabrielle Roth

MSIS Student

Emily Simpson

Emily Simpson

MSIS Student

Raivynn Smith

Raivynn Smith

MSIS Student

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