Two students from the University of Arizona’s School of Information have been selected by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) to participate in the prestigious Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce. Both students are enrolled in the groundbreaking Knowledge River program, which prepares future librarians to serve Latino and Native American communities through academic support, specialized advising, cohort support, participation in a cohort-based learning community, mentorship, access to the 170+ Knowledge River alumni, and professional development activities.
“Congratulations to Mark Sandoval and Veronica Franco on being selected as ARL Diversity Scholars,” said Gina Macaluso, assistant professor in the School of Information and program manager of the Knowledge River Program. ”Mark, due to graduate in December, hails from Tennessee and Veronica, just beginning her graduate studies, hails from Texas. Both students have demonstrated commitment and experience working with and for Latino and Native American communities. Knowledge River is proud to be represented by two outstanding students.”
One factor that sets Arizona students apart in this highly competitive process (only 18 diversity scholars are chosen for this national program each year) is the opportunity to participate in a Graduate Assistantship that directly relates to librarianship in Latino and Native American communities. Sandoval, who was placed in a position with University Libraries Special Collections, said, “I know that if it wasn't for everyone at Special Collections I never would have been able to get an award like this. I'm very grateful for my experience.”