The Diversity Immersion Institute (DII) serves as the cornerstone of the University of Maryland (UMD) Libraries strategic goals and initiatives for social justice, diversity, and inclusion. This eight day institute exposes African American male high school students to career opportunities within the field of Library and Information Science (LIS). Research studies have shown that the LIS profession continues to struggle to recruit and retain librarians of color, particularly African American males. Secondly, DII provides LIS graduate students with hands-on experience working with diverse populations. Students are immersed in multicultural environment, for example, they engage in discussions and readings with instructors and librarians of color about issues of diversity and inclusion. LIS students’ also have the opportunity to co-teach and prepare outreach programs. DII also gives them an opportunity to engage in participatory learning.
Pre-Collegiate African American Males:
• Exposure to the field and careers within Library and Information Science
• Chance to interact with librarians of color and learn hands-on
• Opportunity to experience college life via staying in dorms and take college classes
• Gain a better understanding of how they can work within the field
Library and Information Science Students
• Appreciate and understand issues of diversity and inclusion through self-reflection and interactions with students, colleagues, and professional librarians.
• Know how to position themselves to be advocates for diversity in the workplace.
• Have a better understanding of planning programs and teaching with respect to diversity and inclusion.
• Experiences in co-teaching with various professionals in the field of diversity and inclusion