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Davis Librarian, Leyla Cabugos, Recipient of ARL Diversity Scholar Award

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) recently announced the 2017-19 ARL Diversity Scholars. Leyla Cabugos, the Diversity Fellow/ Librarian Subject Specialist for Plant Sciences, Plant Biology, and Plant Pathology at Shields Library, a member of UC-AFT and an MLIS student at San Jose State University is one of 18 master of library and information science (MLIS) students to participate in the 2017–2019 Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW)* as ARL Diversity Scholars.

Underwritten by ARL member libraries, the IRDW offers numerous financial benefits to program participants as well as leadership development provided through the ARL Annual Leadership Symposium, a formal mentoring program, career placement assistance, and an ARL research library visit. This program reflects the commitment of ARL members to create a diverse research library professional community that will better meet the challenges of changing demographics in higher education and the emphasis on global perspectives in the academy.

Leyla is a graduate of Humboldt State University and has an MS in Botany from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. She is originally from Santa Barbara. Being from Santa Barbara and having lived in Hawaii, she is also a surfer. Leyla has hit the ground running and is a valued member of the UC Davis library, already making significant contributions in the area of plant sciences. Leyla’s selection as an ARL Diversity Scholar reflects great credit on her. Join us in congratulating Leyla on this very prestigious award.