The University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) aspires to combine rigorous intellectual pursuits with diversity of thought, personal integrity, and inclusive excellence.
GSLIS aims to embrace diversity in all its manifestations. By being broadly inclusive in terms of racial and ethnic identities, gender, national origin, religion, social class, age, sexual orientation, and physical and learning abilities, our School creates both a campus culture in Urbana-Champaign and within an online space that encourage close collaboration, global perspectives, and respectful and thoughtful interactions among students, employees, and alumni.
As a premier academic institution, our School is committed to preparing all members of the library and information professional community to be capable leaders in an increasingly global and digital society.
So that GSLIS may become an exemplar in terms of inclusion, supporting the emotional and intellectual well-being of all members of our community and opening our School to new areas of scholarship, we strive to:
- Encourage leadership, policies and practices that are inclusive;
- Integrate diverse and critical perspectives into the curriculum and research;
- Actively recruit and retain traditionally underrepresented groups of students, faculty and staff;
- Create an environment where difference is valued and conflict is managed with care.
GSLIS Professor Linda Smith recently discussed the importance of inclusion in her teaching and research with Associate Professor Kathryn La Barre. Smith’s remarks are part of the interview series Reflections on Inclusion, which explores the School’s efforts to respect varied perspectives and diversity of experiences.