Given current and predicted veteran demographics, it is important that our goals demonstrate attention to the topic of diversity within admissions and the practice of diversity within our own recruitment plans for the 12 students supported through Reaching Those Who Served. Recruiting a diverse student body is reflective of our profession’s values for and the desire to employee workers who reflect the students they serve.
Our effforts to account for and support diversity will be reflected in our data collection and in our recruitment efforts. Our surveys of veterans working in libraries will ask respondents to provide demographics including their gender and race or ethnicity. In our interviews of admissions, faculty, and staff we will also ask how their programs recruit students from diverse backgrounds. While these may be sensitive topics, we anticipate that our own backgrounds will help assure our respondents that our intentions for data collection are to inform the field and assist in future admissions.
We will employ recruitment strategies that support diversity as well. Each member of the Research Grant Team at UT Austin, UH Manoa, and SJSU has had substantial experience working with diverse student bodies.
Reaching Those Who Served will help address students’ concerns about cost. Our three sites at UT Austin, UH Manoa, and SJSU have strong reputations and can provide the proximity of location that diverse students often desire. We will work to engage with prospective students with diverse backgrounds through our formal and informal networks. This includes sharing information on the electronic lists of the ethnic library organizations affiliated with AL: the American Indian Library Association (AILA), Asian Pacific American Library Association, the Black Caucus of ALA, the Chinese Library Association, and REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking. We will also contact the local chapters of these national organizations.