Congratulations and Welcome to our Spectrum Scholars

October 23, 2018

SLIS Welcomes Spectrum Scholars this Fall

The Spectrum Scholarship Program, funded by the American Library Association, offers scholarships to populations underrepresented in the LIS field, to support them in attaining an LIS degree. We welcomed five Spectrum Scholars this fall and caught up with a few of them for a special welcome to the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS).

Mallory Walker SLIS Student and Spectrum ScholarMallory Walker graduated from the College of William & Mary (W&M) in 2017 with a bachelor's in film & media studies. She spent the past year working in W&M Libraries Special Collections Research Center as a W&M Libraries Mosaic Diversity Fellow. Mallory is attending SLIS at the Boston campus, where she intends to pursue a concentration in cultural heritage informatics. She hopes to continue to work in special collections or museums upon graduating, with a focus on increasing representation of people of color in these spaces.

Alejandro Martinez SLIS student and Spectrum ScholarAlejandro Martinez is in his first year at Simmons SLIS. Currently an online student, Alejandro will be on campus in Fall 2019. His current career focus is to become a youth/teen services librarian, focusing on working with LGBT+ and minority kids and teens. He graduated from Arizona State University in 2016 with a BA in psychology and a minor in political science. He's been in libraries for the past 11 years, starting as a teen volunteer and currently as a Public Service Assistant at the Glendale Public Library in Glendale, AZ. Alejandro is also part of the committee for LibCon West, a free for all ages comic-con event now in its third year. He has also worked in Glendale's former city art gallery, Gallery Glendale during Super Bowl XLIX.

Daisy Muralles, SLIS Student and Spectrum ScholarDaisy Muralles received her BS in environmental studies from the University of California - Santa Barbara. She's completing her SLIS online while working as the information and reference specialist at the UC Santa Barbara Library’s Special Research Collections. Daisy is also co-host of a world music radio program on 91.9 KCSB-FM in Santa Barbara. The show is called The Transatlantic Phenomenon featuring music from Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean, spanning the '50s through the '70s. When she is not spinning records, she's spinning two wheels—her bike! She's an avid cyclist who also leads group rides and hosts women-specific events from her local bike shop as their Women's Ambassador to promote, encourage and empower women in her community. She hopes that by tailoring her SLIS program on services for diverse users and underserved populations, and with her background in public services, outreach, and archives, she will have the tools to advocate for communities and empower individuals to fight for better access to equitable services and information.


Photos courtesy of (from top) Mallory Walker, Alejandro Martinez, and Daisy Muralles.