Have you have ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at your favorite museum? At this roundtable, you will get a chance to talk with a diverse group of alumni who have been working at institutions ranging from academic libraries, to city museums, to local community libraries. Large or small, public or private, museums and libraries play a vital role in educating and providing resources for communities. This roundtable will help introduce you to various ways to translate your passions for public education into a career.
Christina Gomez, AB'85, MBA'87, Ph.D. Harvard University
Professor of Liberal Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Christina Gómez is a Professor of Liberal Arts and Director of Academic Affairs for Diversity and Inclusion at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Her research focuses on racial identity construction in the United States, discrimination, and immigration. She is the author of numerous articles, and editor of Mi Voz, Mi Vida: Latino College Students Tell Their Life Stories (2007), and Mixed: Multiracial College Students Tell Their Life Stories (2014). Christina received her B.A. and MBA from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in Sociology. She has received numerous prizes and fellowships, including the Henry Luce Scholars Fellowship, Social Science Research Council Grant, and a National Science Foundation Fellowship. She grew up in the Pilsen/Little Village neighborhoods of Chicago.
Rebecca Starkey, AB'95, MS Library and Information Science, University of Illinois'99
Reference Librarian, University of Chicago Libraries
Ms. Starkey became interested in librarianship while working as a student at the D'Angelo Law Library. After graduating with a degree in history, she was employed as a cataloger for the Illinois Newspaper Project at the Chicago History Museum. She later attended the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, obtaining her MS in Library and Information Science. Her first professional position was with Roosevelt University Library. Since 2001, she has been employed at the University of Chicago Library, where she is the Librarian for College Instruction and Outreach. Rebecca's main role is developing educational programs for undergraduates, and serves as the subject librarian for Gender Studies and Library Science. She also works at the Ask a Librarian / Reference Desk in Regenstein Library.