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MLIS student chosen as prestigious national diversity scholar

MLIS student Rebecca Orozco will receive a $10,000 stipend over two years from ARLD and an additional $5,000 from the St. Kate's program.
MLIS student Rebecca Orozco will receive a $10,000 stipend over two years from ARLD and an additional $5,000 from the St. Kate's program.
Photo by Ashely de los Reyes '15.

St. Catherine University Master of Library and Information Science student Rebecca Orozco was selected for the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Diversity Scholars program for 2014-2016.

She will receive a stipend of $10,000 over two years and receive significant professional development and training. She is among only 13 MLIS students across the country selected for this honor. It is part of the ARL 2014–2016 Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW).

Underwritten by ARL member libraries, the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce offers numerous financial benefits to program participants and leadership development, including the annual ARL Leadership Symposium, a formal mentoring program, career placement assistance, and an ARL research library visit.

The program reflects the commitment of ARL members to create a diverse research library professional community to meet the challenges of changing demographics in higher education and the emphasis on global perspectives in the academy.

“We are gratified that one of our students has been recognized for their academic excellence,” said Deb Grealey, associate dean and director of the MLIS program. “The MLIS Program was able to award her a further $5,000 through our Urban Libraries Program scholarship fund, which was founded by the mother of MLIS Program Founder and Professor (retired) Mary Wagner ‘69.”

Other 2014–2016 Diversity Scholars were selected from colleges and universities across the country, including the University of California, Los Angeles; University of Texas at Austin and Simmons College.

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in the United States and Canada with a mission to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. 

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Nov. 5, 2014 by Julie Michener

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