The University of Kentucky (UK) Libraries approved a statement in September 2013 confirming its commitment to cultivating and encouraging diversity and inclusivity in its personnel policies and in its collections, programs, and services. The library subsequently developed an Undergraduate Diversity Scholar Program to provide two students with a paid internship in the 2014/15 academic year. UK undergraduates interested in diversity issues were encouraged to apply. Applicants were evaluated based on their work experience, volunteer or service activities, recommendations from two referees, and an essay about their belief in the benefits of a diverse society. The successful candidates started the inaugural Program in Fall 2014 and developed and/or led activities and research that promoted the benefits of inclusivity and multicultural awareness in the UK community. They also explored career options in academic librarianship through working in several different library units. Additionally, they received mentoring on building their résumés and preparing for future employment.

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A poster presentation at the American Library Association Annual Conference 2015 in San Francisco, CA.

The poster is available by clicking the Download button on the right. An accompanying handout is available as the additional file listed below.

Click here to visit the page about the University of Kentucky Libraries Undergraduate Diversity Scholar Program Internship.