SCI Research Assistant Professor Kayla Booth recently received the Provost's Award for Diversity in the Curriculum for her work as Director of the iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3). i3 is an undergraduate research and leadership development program that prepares students from underrepresented populations for graduate study and careers in information and computing. Each year, 25 students from universities across the country are selected to become i3 Scholars. Throughout the program, students participate in a twenty-month experience that includes two summer institutes hosted by SCI and a research project spanning the year. Some of the focuses of the program include unearthing "hidden” or assumed knowledge, which can serve as a barrier to some first-generation and underrepresented students, and dismantling the hierarchy between professors and students in order to foster an environment that centers their experiences as valued expertise.
The Provost's Award for Diversity in the Curriculum recognizes faculty’s efforts in integrating diversity and inclusion concepts into their course and curriculum.
Congratulations to Kayla on this exciting achievement!