Please welcome this year’s Diversity Student Scholars! IAC Scholars share in the prestige and opportunities that become available when they are selected. The Scholarship Program has three primary purposes:
- To nurture and sustain the professional development of the scholars,
- To establish a network of scholars over time who become mentors to other promising newcomers, and
- To support the information architecture and user experience design communities.
The IAC Scholarship Program is sponsored by organizations like:
- Rosenfeld Media
- Three Cats Studio
People of the IA community who have made donations include:
Amy Jiménez Márquez
Dalia R. Levine
Karen T. Lin
I am thrilled and grateful to attend IAC21. Prior to starting my MLIS graduate program, I had no idea this field existed. I am very interested in improving information access in a business setting. I am also excited to learn how professionals translate information architecture theory into practice, and gain insight into the ways that taxonomy and knowledge management may be utilized in their work. Furthermore, I am curious about the types of employment opportunities available, and the skills necessary to fill those roles.
My name Celia was given to me from my grandmother; giving me the opportunity to continue a legacy. Growing up as a young Latin daughter instilled many stereotypes a girl must follow, getting a degree not one of them. My parents spent zero effort in my academia, and I learned at a young age, through my own efforts the value of education. My interest revolves around creativity and inclusion. I want my designs to be noticed by the global impact they make. I want to work on diversifying the designer’s perspective when they design for human computer interaction. In this field there are not many individuals from my ethnic background that can provide a personal perspective into the field.
I am eager to attend this year’s conference because there is so much that I have yet to learn. I am particularly interested in learning more about creating accessible user experiences for people of all backgrounds. I am excited to have the opportunity to interact with and learn from the network of scholars that I will get to hear from during IAC21.
Learning about IA
Information is like candy; I love candy. I also love sharing my candy, because it might make others happy as well. Nowadays, we have plenty of candy; we need to get better at sharing it. For me, information architecture equates to making people happy. The world needs more “happy”, and I am excited to learn the science behind it.
I am excited about the talks and workshops in agenda of IAC21. Excited to join the event.
Linda is a born “UXer.” While working in content marketing, she found herself thinking there was more to understanding the customers’ needs and delivering solutions designed for “everyone.” As any curious UXer will do, she took the initiative to find out what. Through connections made at the Orange County (CA) UX Meetup, Linda began to shift her focus and her skills toward UX research and design. The Covid shutdowns slowed her transition, but did not deter Linda, as she continued to take on freelance projects and a couple of pro-bono gigs for non-profits to build her skills. She presently is in a hybrid content marketing and user research role with the intent to transition full-time to UX with a content and IA focus soon.
Mohamed El Sobkey
I am student in the computer science and engineering department at the Faculty of Electronic Engineering at the University of Menofia. Interested mainly in artificial intelligence and focused on Machine learning specially Deep learning. Organized and detail-oriented, work well under pressure and deadlines. Enjoy working with a variety of people, and have a great attitude. looking for a creative, challenging, growth-oriented position. I have the ability to learn many things in a short time. Also, interested in technological trends as Cyber Security, Big Data, Cloud Computing, Digital Marketing, and Entrepreneurship, focused on cybersecurity, especially ethical hacking and penetration testing. I am an ICT HCIA-Associate certified. I am looking forward to future co-operation. best regards to all.
I am excited to attend the IAC21 to learn and grow, hmm sounds boring. Okay, let me rephrase…I am excited to be here to become a sponge, almost like “square pants” and to be soaking knowledge and advice from speakers and people on the conference from our online space. I want to become a UX designer and I believe this is the right place to sharpen my potential and to gain tools and tricks on how to use it the best. Happy to be here!
I feel so grateful to be selected as an IAC21 Scholar! It’s important now more than ever to nurture an intersectional perspective when it comes to digital spaces and IAC21 is a great place to continue that growth. I’m excited to develop my understanding of emerging technology applications and implications as well as connect with others in the IA community.
Elizabeth is a User Experience Designer and aspiring Information Architect who won’t back down from an unsolved problem. Her career began 13 years ago at Kent State University Libraries in a fast-paced and ever changing work environment. Elizabeth simultaneously managed three different departments while enrolled in graduate school. Her work is focused on University Libraries’ end-user needs and optimizing organizational workflows.
As well as Priyanka Sanghavi and Grecia Pichardo.