Lorisia MacLeod ('14 BA) named Diversity Scholar

Lorisia MacLeod the only Canadian of 15 scholars named 2016-18 Diversity Scholar by the Association of Research Libraries.

Anthropology Staff - 08 August 2016

Lorisia MacLeod graduated with a BA in 2014 (Anthropology/French language and literature). She took courses such as ANTHR 256 (Alberta Archaeology) and ANTHR 484 (The Paleoindian Phenomenon), as well as the field school ANTHR 396 (Archaeological Field Methods), where she worked on the Ahai Mneh site near Lake Wabamun and the Mattheis Ranch (Rangeland Research Institute, ALES) near Brooks.

After her degree, Lorisia began work as a research coordinator for the City of Edmonton, where she has been involved in records and information management, digitization and retention scheduling for documents, and Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy training. In applying her anthropological skills in this work, she came to realize that she wanted to pursue graduate training in Library and Information Science. Lorisia applied to the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce program and was named a 2016-18 Diversity Scholar by the Association of Research Libraries. She says "I truly believe that I could not have done this without the support of the department during and after my degree - Jack (Ives) and Kisha (Supernant) in particular."

Lorisia, a member of the James Smith Cree Nation, is currently pursuing her MLIS here at the U of A.

For additional information, please read the article from the School of Library and Information Studies.

Everyone in the Department of Anthropology congratulates Lorisia on her remarkable accomplishment.