Christina Chan-Park, a master's student in information science, is one of 14 students in the nation and one of two from Texas universities who was named a 2012-14 Association of Research Libraries' Diversity Scholar.
As a Diversity Scholar, Chan-Park will receive a stipend of up to $10,000 that will assist her in completing her degree over the next two years. She also will participate in the Association of Research Libraries' Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce, attend leadership training workshops and be paired with a professional mentor.
The ARL Initiative is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and many of ARL's 123 member libraries. According to ARL, the initiative reflects the commitment of its members to create a diverse academic and research library community that will better meet the new challenges of global competition and changing demographics.
Chan-Park is currently the science librarian at Baylor University Libraries and is earning her master's degree from UNT by mostly taking online classes. She earned her undergraduate degree in geology from Princeton University. She also holds a master's degree in geophysics from Stanford University, a master's degree in public administration from the University of Houston and doctoral degree in geophysics from the University of British Columbia.
Chan-Park plans to receive her master's degree from UNT in August 2014.