Equality Award

About the Equality Award
An annual award consisting of $1000 and a 24k gold-framed citation of achievement given to an individual or group for outstanding contribution toward promoting equality in the library profession. The contribution may be either a sustained one or a single outstanding accomplishment. The award may be given for an activist or scholarly contribution in such areas as pay equity, affirmative action, legislative work and non-sexist education.

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2018 Recipient(s)

Alexandra Rivera

senior associate librarian for student success and community engagement at the University of Michigan Library

Rivera has been a champion for equality. One example is her leadership at the libraries of University of Arizona and now at the University of Michigan of the Peer Information Counseling Program, a peer education initiative for undergraduate students from multicultural backgrounds. The program has addressed the barriers to library access experienced by new students, historically underserved, minority students and other peer groups.  Ms. Rivera recruited,  trained, and mentored undergraduate students of color in this program who in turn worked with thousands of their peers.