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Inaugural Crowdfunding Campaign Raises Over $5,000


1/20/17
i3 successfully completed its first-ever crowdfunding campaign by raising $5,040 -- 126% of its goal! An impressive 95 donors contributed to the campaign, resulting in an average contribution of $53.05. Donors included many of our i3 alumni, teaching fellows, and guest speakers. The campaign was hosted on the University of Pittsburgh's EngagePitt platform and was managed by a core team of i3 alumni, including Marcia McIntosh ('11), Twanna Hodge ('11), Mandi Gonzalez ('12), Hannah Hiles ('13 and Alumni Association President), and Brenasia Ward-Caldwell ('14).

All of the funds raised by the campaign will go to supporting current and future i3 Scholars. Our goal is to keep i3 free for all students and ensure that the information sciences continue to become a truly diverse and inclusive field.

Thank you to everyone who donated -- your support is appreciated!

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i3 to Visit iSchool at Penn State for 2017 Recruitment


10/17/16
i3 is going on a road trip--admittedly a very short one--to Penn State's College of Information Science and Technology in State College, PA. On October 25 Michael Depew, i3 Director, will present to students a professional development workshop on resume and cover letter building. Going beyond the basic dos and don'ts of resume building, this presentation will show students how to assess their skills and create context for their personal brands. Students will learn how to qualify their accomplishments with data, capture the attention of employers through writing style and tone, identify employers' needs through online and offline research, customize resumes and cover letters for different employers, and create consistency between a resume and cover letter.

Later that day, Depew will be joined by 2016 i3 PhD Teaching Fellow and Penn State doctoral candidate, Kayla Booth, to host an information session about i3. Students will learn about graduate school opportunities and what the i3 admissions committee looks for when reviewing applications. Students from all majors are welcome to attend.


i3 Alums to Lead Girls Who Code Chapter in Pittsburgh, PA


9/23/16
Rebecca LyiSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) alums and University of Pittsburgh Master of Science students Rebecca Ly (‘14) and Taylor Neal (‘15) are pleased to announce their new roles as facilitators of Girls Who Code (GWC) at Oakland Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. GWC is a non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology. The organization inspires many young women, specifically females in high school, to explore programming, create technology and pursue computer science and related fields. Ly and Neal will be facilitating alongside University of Pittsburgh undergraduates, Meera Rubinchik and Gwyn Perisse. i3 and the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences are supporting this exciting project because of their commitment to diversity in computing.

Taylor NealAs facilitators, Ly and Neal will lead a group of students through a curriculum of core concepts needed to design and build projects to impact local communities. In order to demonstrate the breadth of knowledge and opportunities that students will have as programmers, weekly workshops will include guest speakers and onsite tours of local companies and University of Pittsburgh labs. At the end of the year, the students will have a chance to work with one of the many companies that partner with GWC. Ly and Neal will serve as mentors and instructors, as well as provide the girls with valuable pre-collegiate experience in a competitive and rewarding field.

GWC at Oakland Catholic High School will begin in October 2016 and run through May 2017.


Tara Sherry-Torres, Founder & Creative Director of Cafe con Leche, to Deliver 2016 Opening Ceremony Keynote


5/02/16
i3 2016 will officially kick-off with a keynote address by Tara Sherry-Torres at the Opening Reception on July 14. The reception will be held at the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences and will celebrate the arrival of the new cohort of i3 Scholars. The 2016 cohort includes 25 students from 19 different colleges and universities, ranging from Massachusatts to Guam. Registration is requried to attend the 2016 Opening Reception.

Tara Sherry-TorresAbout Tara Sherry-Torres

A Creative Entrepreneur, TEDx Talk speaker, 2014 Pittsburgh Magazine 40 Under 40 recipient and one of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's 2015 People to Meet. For over 10 years Tara has been working in community-based organizations in New York City and Pittsburgh, with an emphasis on community organizing and economic development.

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Tara's passion for people and places led her to pursue her Master in Social Work from The University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, concentrating in Community Organizing. In January 2014 Tara founded Cafe Con Leche because she missed her Puerto Rican roots and envisioned creative ways to engage Latinos, educate the Pittsburgh region on the economic power of Latinos and help Pittsburgh companies connect with Latino consumers. Currently, Tara sits on the Board of Directors for the Pittsburgh Land Bank.

Cafe Con Leche is an award winning Latino cultural brand that curates authentic experiences that connect Latinos using media, events, food, art and culture. In 2016, Cafe Con Leche partnered with Most Wanted Fine Art gallery to host Pittsburgh's first Latino Artist in Residency program along with a Puerto Rican supper club series called Sobremesa. Cafe Con Leche is winner of the 2015 Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group's Community Development Award.


Dr. Jorge Schement to Deliver 2016 Commencement Address


5/02/16
Dr. Jorge Schement The iSchool Inclusion Institute is pleased to announce that Dr. Jorge Reina Schement will deliver the commencement address at the 2016 i3 Graduate and Recognition Ceremony on July 8 at the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences. The ceremony will recognize the new 2016 i3 Scholars as they embark on their yearlong research projects, as well as celebrate the accomplishments of our returning 2015 i3 Scholars. The Graduate and Recognition Ceremony will serve as the culminating event in this year's alumni reunion, which will include professional development and networking events. Registration is required to attend the 2016 Graduation and Recognition Ceremony

About Dr. Jorge Schement

Dr. Schement serves as Vice Chancellor directing the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for Rutgers University New Brunswick and for Rutgers Biological and Health Sciences. He is Distinguished Professor of Communication Policy, and Latino Studies. He also chaired the Executive Planning Committee for Rutgers’ 250th Anniversary Commemoration, and previously served as Dean of the School of Communication and Information. Dr. Schement is author of over 250 books, papers, and articles. Prior to Rutgers, he was a distinguished professor at Penn State University, where he co-founded the Institute for Information Policy. He has served on faculties at the University of Texas-Austin, the University of Southern California, UCLA, Penn State, and Rutgers University. He holds a PhD from Stanford University in Communication and an MS in Marketing from the University of Illinois.

A Latino from South Texas, his research focuses on the social and policy implications of the production and consumption of information, especially as they relate to ethnic minorities. He conducted the first study of the impact of minority ownership in broadcasting, and conducted the original research that led to recognition of the Digital Divide. He introduced the idea of Universal Service as an evolving concept, a view adopted in the Telecommunications Act of 1996. His studies of minority ownership contributed to the Supreme Court’s decision in Metro Broadcasting, Inc. v. F.C.C. et al.

As Dean, he raised the numbers of women and minority faculty to their highest numbers in the history of his school. As Vice Chancellor, he organized the first Diversity Forum and organized the President’s Diversity Council. He authored the telecommunications policy agenda for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. He is a founding member of the FCC Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity in the Digital Age, and a member of the FCC Transition Team for the Obama administration.

Schement has served on advisory boards for the U.S. President's Technology Advisory Council, United States Commission on Civil Rights, Centers for Disease Control, National Academy of Sciences, National Science Foundation, National Research Council, National Endowment for the Humanities, Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, American Library Association, Minority Media Telecommunications Council, Open Society Institute, Advertising Council, Libraries for the Future, American Library Association, Aspen Institute, Benton Foundation, Harwood Institution, MCI, Verizon, and Pew Project on Internet and American Life.


Save the Date: i3 Alumni Reunion Scheduled for July 7-8, 2016


2/10/16

The i3 Alumni Association Board has set the dates for what is sure to be a momentous occasion--the 2016 Alumni Reunion. i3 alumni are invited to join us in Pittsburgh on July 7 and 8 to continue their professional development, meet and network with other i3 Scholars, and enjoy some local entertainment. The reunion will culminate in our 2016 Farewell Banquet on the evening of July 8, where we will recognize our graduating Scholars and present our inaugural alumni awards. All i3 alumni, Teaching Fellows, guest lecturers, research advisors, and friends of the program are welcome and encouraged to attend. Additional details regarding registration, events, and travel/lodging information will be be made available soon.

[Pictured above, clockwise from top middle: Ryan Pink, Raul Corral, Gregory Roper, Sook Yee Leung, Jamar Smith]


2016 Marks Record Year with 8 Conference Publications in 3 Venues


2/1/16

i3 Scholars started 2016 off with a bang. A total of 8 projects were submitted to conferences in the last six months and all were accepted for publication. Projects covered a wide range of topics and methods. i3 will have its largest showing ever at iConference 2016, hosted by Drexel University, with 19 Scholars and 4 research advisors in attendance to present 6 projects. Full abstracts of iConference projects will be available in the conference proceedings.



Projects accepted to iConference 2016:

Projects were also accepted at CSCW 2016 (ACM Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing) and IEEE SeGAH 2016 (International Conference on Serious Games and Applications for Health). This year marks the first time that i3 research projects have been submitted to either conference.

Cristina Robles Bahm, PhD candidate at the iSchool at Pitt, worked with i3 2013 alum, Josue Reyes, to rework their project, "Crowdfunding: Applying Collective Indexing of Emotions to Campaign Videos," and submit it to CSCW. Dmitriy Babichenko, Pitt iSchool Professor of Practice, led his team's effort to submit their project, "Designing the Model Patient: Data-Driven Virtual Patients in Medical Education" to SeGAH. Congratulations to all i3 Scholars and research advisors on their hard work and success!


i3 Scholars Submit 6 Research Projects to iConference 2016


10/5/15

A total of 6 projects were submitted to iConference 2016 for publication; 5 from the 2014 cohort and 1 from the 2015 cohort. iConference 2016 will be hosted by Drexel University's College of Computing and Informatics from March 20-23. Research projects included investigations of media coverage of the Sony hack, mobile applications used by adults with autism, sentiment and product analysis in online reviews of consumer electronics, reproductive rights and social media usage, indoor wayfinding for people with mobility impairments, and the interoperability of sex offender databases.

After successfully completing the Concluding Institute, the 2014 Scholars worked with i3 advisors over the summer to summarize their yearlong projects in 1500 word research poster abstracts. Official iConference notifications regarding poster reviews are expected by mid-November. The iSchool Inclusion Institute looks forward to supporting its scholars in another strong showing at iConference.

Special thanks to the i3 Research Advisors for their generous support and guidance!

  • Josh Cartagena, 2011 i3 Alumni
  • Oliver Haimson, University of California at Irvine, PhD Student
  • Lauren Kilgour, University of Pittsburgh, PhD Student
  • Courtney Loder, University of Pittsburgh Alumni
  • Cristina Robles Bahm, University of Pittsburgh, PhD Student
  • Mark Whiting, Carnegie Mellon Univerity, PhD Student

Dr. Nicki Washington to be Featured Speaker at Graduation Ceremony


6/12/15

We are pleased to announce our Graduation Ceremony Speaker for the Closing Ceremony of the 2015 iSchool Inclusion Institute. Dr. Nicki Washington will deliver the concluding remarks to the graduating 2014 i3 Scholars and the newest 2015 cohort.

Dr. Nicki Washington was the 2000 valedictorian of Johnson C. Smith University, receiving a B.S. in computer science. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. from NC State University in 2002 and 2005, respectively, becoming the first African-American female Ph.D. in computer science from the university, and the first Johnson C. Smith computer science graduate to obtain a Ph.D. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Howard University, where her research focuses on the use of culturally-relevant pedagogy to increase the participation of underrepresented students in computer science. Prior to joining the university, she served as a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at The Aerospace Corporation.

Dr. Washington has been a featured guest on radio and television shows such as Fox5 Morning News, "The Daily Drum," and "The Ernest Burley Show." She has also been a featured writer and speaker for institutions and organizations such as Google, USA Today College, Bennett College for Women, Johnson C. Smith University, The DC STEM Summit, National Coalition for Women in Information Technology, and the National Society of Black Engineers. She is a native of Durham, NC.


i3 Receives 2015 Chancellor's Affirmative Action Award


5/20/15

The iSchool Inclusion Institute was honored to receive the 2015 Chancellor's Affirmative Action Award on May 20, 2015 at the Senate Council meeting.

“This award is given to a department or program that has made a significant impact on the University’s efforts to expand diversity,” Chancellor Patrick Gallagher told the council.

“In making its decision, the selection committee cited the i3 program as an important tool in ensuring that undergraduate students from underrepresented groups will have the exposure to experiences that encourage them to pursue graduate studies in fields that have historically lacked diversity.” Read more


Dr. Fay Cobb Payton to Deliver 2015 Keynote Address


5/19/15

We are pleased to announce our Keynote Speaker for the Opening Ceremont of the 2015 iSchool Inclusion Institute. Dr. Fay Cobb Payton will deliver an inspiring address to the newest cohort of i3 Scholars.

Dr. Fay Cobb Payton is the author of Leveraging Intersectionality: Seeing and Not Seeing (Hashtag #SeeingAndNotSeeing), an anthology of her research on STEM education and experience in both academe and corporate environments. She is the founding director of myHealthImpactNetwork, a health, social and cultural UX focused on millennials and women of color for health dissemination. Dr. Payton is an editor for Health Systems, an Associate Editor for Decision Sciences and Information Technology & People, and is an Associate Professor of Information Systems at North Carolina State University. She received the 2013 National Coalition of Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) Undergraduate Mentoring Award. She is an American Council on Education Fellow.

Read Dr. Payton's Full Bio Here


Introducing the 2015 i3 Cohort!


5/14/15

The iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3) recieved hundreds of applications this year from extremely qualified candidates. We are proud to introduce our newest cohort of i3 scholars who will participate in the 2015 iSchool Inclusion Institute.

At A Glance

  • 27 scholars (18 women and 9 men)
  • 22 U.S. colleges and universities
  • 14 U.S. states
  • Average GPA: 3.25

Marcia McIntosh Selected as Inaugural President of i3 Alumni Association


11/17/14

Marcia McIntosh, 2011 i3 Scholar, has been selected to lead the newly formed i3 Alumni Association. The i3 Alumni Association will strengthen relationships between alumni, current i3 Scholars, and the information community. As the inaugural President of the Alumni Association, Marcia will share information regarding news, career and volunteer opportunities, event announcements, and professional development support.

Marcia first learned of the i3 program from a librarian mentor while earning her bachelors degree in English and African & African American studies from Washington University in St. Louis. Marcia became one of the program's inaugural scholars in the summer of 2011. i3 gave her exposure to many topics within information studies as well as numerous graduate opportunities. After completing her undergraduate studies, Marcia went on to pursue her masters in Information Studies at the University of Texas at Austin School of Information. Marcia completed her master's degree in 2014 and now works at the University of North Texas as a Digital Production Librarian.


i3 to Present Interactive Session at iConference 2015


10/31/14

i3 Director, Michael Depew, will co-present a Session for Interaction and Engagement at iConference 2015 in Newport Beach, California. Fellow presenters will include i3 Assistant Director, Courtney Loder, and the 2014 PhD Teaching Fellows: David James, Martez Mott, Connie Pascal, and Melissa Villa-Nicholas. The session, titled Pipelines and Pathways into the Information Professions, will bring together members of the iSchool community to identify social and technical skills that prepare students from underrepresented groups for graduate study--and subsequent academic careers--in the information sciences. The purpose of the session is to celebrate the work of existing pipeline initiatives, collaborate around the enduring problem of diversifying the information professions, and create new knowledge about obstacles and barriers that current and former information school graduate students face when it comes to preparing for or completing graduating education at an information school.

iConference 2015 will be hosted by the University of California, Irvine on March 24-27, 2015. For more information: http://ischools.org/the-iconference/

i3 Welcomes Inaugural PhD Teaching Fellows


06/09/14

2014 marks an exciting year for i3, as programming and curriculum continue to develop and expand. As part of i3's 2013 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, four PhD Teaching Fellowships were created to provide opportunities for i3 Scholars to work in-depth on topics that will help them in their research projects and in the rest of their academic careers. 2014 i3 PhD Teaching Fellows were selected through a competitive application process and represent four highly regarded iSchools. Teaching Fellows will co-teach two-week modules on research design and computer programming from June 9-20.

Research Design Module:

Melissa Villa Nicholas
PhD Student
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
Graduate School of Library and Information Science

Connie Pascal
PhD Student
Rutgers University, School of Communication and Information

Python Programming Module:

Martez Mott
PhD Student
University of Washington, Information School

David James
PhD Student
Syracuse University, School of Information Studies

Dr. Audrey Murrell to Deliver Keynote Address at 2014 i3 Opening Reception


05/19/14

The iSchool Inclusion Institute is proud to announce that Dr. Audrey Murrell will deliver the keynote address at the 2014 i3 Opening Reception on Tuesday, June 3 at the School of Information Sciences. Professor Murrell is the Associate Dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh, an associate professor of business administration and holds secondary appointments in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and Pitt’s Psychology Department.

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About Professor Audrey Murrell (the following selection is from the University of Pittsburgh's profile of Dr. Murrell)

Dr. Murrell conducts research, teaches, and works with organizations on strategies to enhance overall effectiveness by utilizing their most valuable assets--their human and social capital. She conducts extensive research on building capacity of people and outcomes at work with a special emphasis on enhancing outcomes for women. This includes topics such as mentoring, breaking the "glass ceiling", diversity, and workplace discrimination. Her work has been published widely in management and psychology journals as well as book chapter and special issues. Popular media—including The Wall Street Journal, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Pittsburgh Business Times, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Black Enterprise, Jet Magazine, and Vida Executive (in Brazil)—has also highlighted Murrell's work. She is the author (along with Crosby and Ely) of the book titled Mentoring Dilemmas: Developmental Relationships within Multicultural Organizations and the author (with Forte-Trammell and Bing) of the recent book Intelligent Mentoring: How IBM Creates Value through People, Knowledge and Relationships. She recently received funding from the Ford Foundation's Having a Dream Fund to study way to increase the utilization of minority and women contractors/suppliers among public/governmental agencies.

Professor Murrell was appointed as the Director for the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership within Pitt Business in 2007. Dr. Murrell received her BS from Howard University, magna cum laud in 1983 and a MS in 1985, and a PhD in 1987 from the University of Delaware. She serves as a consultant in the areas of mentoring, organizational effectiveness, teamwork, diversity, and leadership development. Her clients have included Alcoa, IBM, Heinz, Bayer, Eli Lilly, Kaiser Permanente, Fed-Ex Ground, Executive Leadership Council, YWCA, Carnegie Libraries, Human Engineering Research Labs, Kent State University, Howard University, and Hampton University. This work involves public, private, and governmental organizations and includes numerous public forum and media appearances. She also served on the Allegheny County Minority, Women and Disadvantage Business Enterprise Certification Appeals Board and was past chair of the Gender and Diversity in Organizational Division of the Academy of Management Association.

For more information about Dr. Murrell:
http://www.business.pitt.edu/katz/faculty/murrell.php

i3 Alumni Mixer to Kick-Off Concluding Institute


05/14/14

i3 will host its first-ever, Alumni Mixer, on Saturday, June 14 at The Porch at Schenely. i3 Scholars representing the 2011, 2012, and 2013 cohorts will join their latest counterparts--the 2014 i3 Scholars--for an evening of food, networking, and fun. The Alumni Mixer will kick-off the Concluding Institute for the returning 2013 i3 Scholars. During the two-week Concluding Institute, 2013 i3 Scholars will refine their year-long projects, design research posters, and create and deliver presentations detailing their work over the last twelve months. Cross-cohort networking and mentoring remains a major component of i3.


Scholars attending graduate programs across the country provide candid advice about The University of Pittsburgh's iSchool Diversity Student Organization (DSO) is co-sponsoring the Alumni Mixer. DSO President, Jourdan Walls, expressed her excitement about the event, stating: "It's a wonderful opportunity to meet talented students interested in graduate school and the information sciences. As a Masters student at Pitt, I want to help build and develop an inclusive community that gives back to our younger scholars and pushes them to achieve their fullest potential. i3 has the chance make that kind of difference at Pitt and in the information sciences."

Due to limited seating, the i3 Alumni Mixer is an invitation-only event.

10 i3 Scholars Participate in iConference 2014


03/07/14

A total of 10 i3 Scholars from the 2012 cohort had poster submissions accepted at iConference 2014. With support from the iSchool Inclusion Institute, i3 Scholars made the long trek to Berlin, Germany to present their research projects during conference poster sessions on March 5-6. i3 Scholars fielded questions from PhD students and faculty researchers and networked throughout the conference. A full list of attendees is below:

  • Raul Corral
  • Xavier Dillahunt
  • Elaine Gomez
  • Mandi Gonzalez
  • Amana Kaskazi
  • Sook Yee Leung
  • Denzel McCollum
  • Ryan Pink
  • Gregory Roper
  • Kara Vogelbacker
Oliver Haimson (2011 i3 alum and current PhD student) is also recognized for his participation in the iConference Social Media Expo. Oliver presented alongside his team of PhD students from the iSchool at University of California at Irvine.

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