Tuesday, February 1, 2005

Invitation: Information Studies Diversity Summit

Dear Friend:
It is my pleasure to invvite you to the sixth Diversity Summit held by the Department of Information Studies. The Summit will be held from 8:30 a.m.-noon on Friday, February 4th, in Room 111 of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies Building.

If you reply by February 2nd to Pat Payne at 310-825-8799 (or by email at payne@gseis.ucla.edu), we will arrange complimentary parking for you in Lot 5.

We will start the day with a networking breakfast, followed by reports from the Department Chair, faculty, students and the Diversity Recruitment and Mentoring Committee, and conclude with an open discussion. The ethnic library associations are welcome to bring materials about their organizations and activities to distribute as well as make announcements of any upcoming events. Please let us know in advance who your ethnic library association representative will be.

The Diversity Recruitment and Mentoring Committee continues to do a magnificent job in promoting our program and library and information science as a whole, and working closely with applicants. This year we want to highlight the work and activities of our Master’s and doctoral students and provide you news of curricular and extra-curricular developments to advance cultural diversity.Thanks to the efforts of many people in the community, we have made some progress in diversifying our student body and our adjunct teaching pool.

I look forward to sharing these success stories with you. However, there is still a great deal more to be done, and I look forward to working with you as we set higher goals. Please feel free to share this invitation with others who are stakeholders in the diversity of the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. Please RSVP to Pat Payne at 310-825-8799 or by email at payne@gseis.ucla.edu by February 2nd so we can provide enough refreshments and arrange parking.I look forward to seeing you on February 4th!

Very sincerely,
Virginia A. WalterChair,
Department of Information Studies