Skip to main content

Diversity Scholars Program

Information about the OSULP Diversity Scholars Program.

Pre-Application Requirements

  • Acceptance into an ALA Accredited MLIS online program
  • Residence (or planned future residence) in the Corvallis area, or commuter distance to commute for a part-time position at the OSU Valley Library
  • An in-person or video call meeting with a member or members of the Diversity Scholars Program Committee

If you have any questions regarding the above requirements, or would like to schedule a meeting, please contact the DSP committee co-chair and supervisor

Who are Diversity Scholars?

Diversity Scholars are students of color pursuing a MLIS degree. The Diversity Scholars Program has a particular emphasis on providing pathways for underrepresented students into library and archives careers.

While working toward attaining their degree, the Diversity Scholars will have a part-time position within the Valley Library in Corvallis, Oregon. The purpose of this program is to recruit, mentor, and retain people of underrepresented groups to the library and archives professions.

The Diversity Scholars Program is a cohort program hosting 2 scholars each academic year.

Application Submission Process and Requirements

The next Diversity Scholar (DS#4) start date is October 1, 2020. The application period for the 2020-2021 academic year will open in summer 2020.

Before applying, please make sure you have met all the pre-application requirements noted above.

Please apply by emailing the following items to Natalia Fernández at

  • current resume or curriculum vitae
  • a cover letter, of no more than two pages, that explains how you meet the position description qualifications
  • contact information for at least two references -- professors, employers, and/or community mentors; the references can be a section of your resume, at the end of your cover letter, or in a separate file
  • proof of enrollment in an ALA-accredited MLIS online program with an expected graduate term of spring or summer 2021 once in the DSP, a diversity scholar must remain enrolled in at least 6 graduate credit hours per term with a GPA of at least 3.0 through completion of the MLIS or equivalent degree from an ALA-accredited program