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Mark A. Puente
Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW)

Current Diversity Scholars

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        2011–2013

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Regina Sierra Carter
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Regina Sierra Carter
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Regina Sierra Carter is a first-generation college student from rural Britton’s Neck, South Carolina and received her BA in English from the University of South Carolina-Columbia. She served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Indonesia. She went on to receive her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Carter was a 2011 LIS Access Midwest Program (LAMP) scholar and is currently pursuing a PhD in the Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership and M.S. at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


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Amber D'Ambrosio
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Amber D'Ambrosio
University at Albany, State University of New York

Amber D’Ambrosio is studying Library and Information Studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York. She holds a BA in English from Colorado State University and an MA in English Renaissance Literature from the University of Leeds. Her future career interests are in special collections, particularly rare books and theatre archives, with an interest in working on accessibility through education and outreach and digital innovations. Her research interests include comparative British/American library and archival practices, catalog access to digital surrogates of special collections materials and integrating pertinent technology into the special collections reading room.


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Carlos Duarte
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Carlos Duarte
University of Texas at Austin

Carlos Duarte, a native of Las Cruces, New Mexico, earned his B.A. in History and Biology at the University of New Mexico, where he studied the history of science and technology. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin School of Information and will receive his M.S. in Information Studies in May 2013. He is a member of the Society of American Archivists and the New Mexico Library Association. He volunteers at the Texas Archive of the Moving Image and is an upcoming contributor for the UT Austin School of Information's podcast, iSchool You. In addition to archival studies, Carlos is also interested in information accessibility and literacy.


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Jennifer Garrett
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Jennifer Garrett
University of British Columbia

Jennifer holds a BA in History, Political Science, and Religious Studies from the University of Oregon. Currently, Jennifer is pursuing a master’s degree at the University of British Columbia. She is also a Graduate Academic Assistant in the Humanities and Social Sciences library at UBC and especially loves the work she does in library instruction. Jennifer has a passion for user services and outreach. Following her experiences as a Career Enhancement Program Fellow at the University of Kentucky, Jennifer also developed a particular interest in health services librarianship. In the future, she hopes her academic work will contribute to creating positive user experiences and foster community building.


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Jennifer Gibson
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Jennifer Gibson
San Jose State University

Jennifer Hyun-Lynn Gibson was born in Seoul, South Korea and soon thereafter joined her adoptive parents in Tulsa. She is a National Merit Scholar and attended the University of Southern California, earning a bachelor’s degree in Geological Sciences. In 2010 she received her J.D. with honors from Pepperdine University School of Law. Encouraged by law librarians to join the LIS profession, Jennifer now attends the San Jose State University School of Library & Information Science. Her professional aspirations include a career in academic libraries, with interests ranging from electronic licensing and copyright to legal reference, scholarly communication, and data management.


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Don P. Jason III
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Don P. Jason III
Kent State University

Don P. Jason III is pursuing dual master’s degrees in Library and Information Science and Health Informatics at Kent State University. Don received a B.S. in Journalism from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. He was also a 2011 ARL Career Enhancement Program Fellow and completed an internship with the National Library of Medicine as a part of this program. Currently, Don works as a Graduate Assistant in Kent State University’s library school and serves as the Graduate Student Senator representing the library school in Graduate Student Government. He has an interest in Health Sciences Librarianship and is currently interning in the library of Northeast Ohio Medical University.



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Nabil Kashyap
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Nabil Kashyap
University of Michigan

Nabil Kashyap received a BA in Ecology and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana before starting at the University of Michigan’s School of Information. After working as an educator, a writer, a field researcher and a wilderness guide, he is thrilled for the chance to braid his interests together in pursuing a degree in information science. His current focus is the juncture between archives, digital preservation, access systems and web development. He is interested in issues surrounding the creation of useable digital collections that will remain accessible in the long-term.



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Arthur Liu
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Arthur Liu
Simmons College

Arthur Liu earned BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he studied optics and electromagnetics. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS). Arthur works with students, staff, and faculty at the GSLIS Tech Lab as a technology reference assistant. His interests include cataloging, metadata, engineering and science libraries, and management of scientific data.




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Yumi Ohira
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Yumi Ohira
Emporia State University

Yumi Ohira is originally from Japan. She worked as a system engineer with her BS degree in Applied Physics from Fukuoka University in Japan. After moving into the U.S., she attended the University of Kansas (KU) and the Southern Illinois University Carbondale for her MFA degree. During her time there, she had the opportunity to work in the conservation and special collections departments. She is currently a graduate student at Emporia State University (ESU) pursuing a Master of Library Science degree and Archive Studies Certificate and is a student assistant at the ESU Archives and at the KU Library Special Collections Research Center.


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Megan Threats
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Megan Threats
Syracuse University

Megan Threats is a student at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies. She holds a BA in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy, and a BA in Comparative Cultures and Politics from Michigan State University. In addition to being an ARL Diversity Scholar, Megan is also a Gates Millennium Scholar and a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. Her interest include information technology and government information resources.





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Sarah Velasquez
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Sarah Velasquez
Emporia State University

Sarah E. Velasquez is a student in the SLIM program at Emporia State University. She has a BS in Milling Science and Management and a Master’s of Agribusiness from Kansas State University, and a Master’s in Technical Communication from Utah State University. Currently she is the Senior Coordinator for both the University of Kansas Center for Telemedicine & Telehealth (KUCTT) and the Kansas IDeA Network for Biological Research Excellence (K-INBRE). Sarah assists with grant writing, clinical development, publication, website content development, and also manages the K-INBRE Communications Core. Her interests lie in agricultural-based research, special collections, and archives.


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Kimberly Yang
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Kimberly Yang
University of Maryland, College Park

Kimberly F. Yang is studying for her MLS at the University of Maryland. She holds a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University and a JD from UCLA School of Law. Kim has served as Library Intern at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health Resource Center and at the Federal Reserve Board Research Library. She has worked at New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation, practiced corporate and healthcare law, and worked as a grant proposal writer at community-based nonprofits and at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. She hopes to apply her interest in technology, her education, and work experience at a position in a health sciences or other research library.


        2010–2012

IRDW-2011 JaTara Barnes
JaTara Barnes
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JaTara Barnes
Syracuse University













IRDW-2011 Bertha Chang
Bertha Chang
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Bertha Chang
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign













CEP-2011 Steven Chong
Steven Chong
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Steven Chong
San Jose State













IRDW-2011 Manuel de la Cruz-Gutierrez
Manuel de la Cruz-Gutierrez
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Manuel de la Cruz-Gutierrez
Texas Woman's University













CEP-2011 LeNesha DeBardelaben
LaNesha DeBardelaben
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LaNesha DeBardelaben
Indiana University Bloomington













CEP-2011 Mariaelena De la Rosa
Mariaelena de la Rosa
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Mariaelena de la Rosa
University of Arizona













CEP-2011 Hoan-Vu Do
Hoan-Vu Do
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Hoan-Vu Do
San Jose State University













IRDW-2011 Angel Durr
Angel Durr
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Angel Durr
University of North Texas













IRDW-2011 Mayu Ishida
Mayu Ishida
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Mayu Ishida
University of British Columbia













IRDW-2011 Abraham de Jesus
Abraham de Jesus
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Abraham de Jesus
University of British Columbia













IRDW-2011 Soyeong Jeon
Soyeong Jeon
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Soyeong Jeon
University of British Columbia













CEP-2011 Ashley Rayner
Ashley Rayner
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Ashley Rayner
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign













IRDW-2011 Yasmeen Shorish
Yasmeen Shorish
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Yasmeen Shorish
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign













IRDW-2011 Marina Torres-Aiello
Marina Torres-Aiello
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Marina Torres-Ailello
San Jose State University













IRDW-2011 Qinqin Zhang
Qinqin Zhang
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Qinqin Zhang
University of British Columbia