Ishmael Ross Receives Josephine Forman Scholarship from Society of American Archivists


June 25, 2020

BATON ROUGE -- LSU School of Library & Information Science (SLIS) student Ishmael Ross is the 2020 recipient of the Josephine Forman Scholarship sponsored by the General Commission on Archives and History of The United Methodist Church, in cooperation with the Society of American Archivists (SAA).

"We are delighted Ishmael received this award," says Edward A. Benoit, III, PhD, SLIS associate director and a recipient of LSU's Advocate for Diversity Award. "His passion for sharing African American culture and making history relevant reflects archivists' commitment to keeping the public informed and providing context for current events."

The $10,000 scholarship provides financial support to minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science, encourages students to pursue careers as archivists and promotes the diversification of the American archives profession.

Ross is a graduate student at Louisiana State University (LSU) pursuing a dual degree that combines an archival studies certificate with a Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS) degree.

His decision to pursue a post-graduate degree came from the realization about the lack of diversity among archivists in the Crescent City. In New Orleans, even though the Black community represents a majority of the population, the majority of archivists are white women and men. 

Ross recognizes the importance of diversity in this field, as well as the value of his perspective as an African American male in the profession.

As a full-time employee of the New Orleans Public Library's Central City branch, Ross assisted in mounting an exhibit from the Amistad Research Center that focuses on Black feminists in New Orleans. Ross’ internship at the Amistad Research Center focuses on African-American and Civil Rights-related manuscripts and materials.

Ross is specifically interested in the intersection of criminal law and preserving and amplifying the history of African Americans.

The Josephine Forman Scholarship was established in 2010 and is named for Josephine Forman, who served as archivist for 18 years at the Southwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.


About the School of Library & Information Science
The LSU School of Library & Information Science (SLIS) provides a 100% online prestigious education in library and information science. It is the home of the Master of Library and Information Science, which is the only program accredited by the American Library Association in the state of Louisiana. SLIS offers, dual degree with the Department of History, two undergraduate minors, and three certificate options. SLIS is part of the College of Human Sciences & Education.  

For more information, visit SLIS.

About the College of Human Sciences & Education
The College of Human Sciences & Education, or CHSE, is a nationally accredited division of LSU. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer eight undergraduate degree programs, 20 graduate programs and seven online graduate degree and/or certificate programs, enrolling more than 1,795 undergraduate and 1,935 graduate students. The college is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.

For more information, visit CHSE. 

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