Member of the Week: Essraa M. Nawar

Essraa M. Nawar

Essraa M. NawarEssraa M. Nawar is a library development coordinator at Chapman University in Orange, California. Essraa has been a member of ACRL since 2014 and is your ACRL member of the week for July 24, 2017.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Global citizen, flexible.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? Reading Choosing to Lead: The Motivational Factors of Underrepresented Minority Librarians in Higher Education, edited by Antonia P. Olivas. Listening to TED Talks.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Innovative, accepting, thriving for diversity.

4. What do you value about ACRL? Sense of a special community, like-minded people, amazing publications, great Instagram!, valuable newsletter, amazing scholarship opportunities.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? International flavor (as an Egyptian-American), diversity initiatives, and fundraising opportunities; serve as chair of the Arts, Exhibits and Events Committee, head of library development, and liaison to the Muslim Student Association and the Interfaith Center.

6. In your own words: I just received my Masters of Library and Information Sciences in May, 2017 so I am not an academic librarian yet, but my dean is working on the transition. Yet, I can already tell that as a librarian, one can touch so many lives and affect many decisions. In my position, I help bring academic programming and events to life and make various fundraising opportunities happen. Wearing that academic cap will give me the opportunity to be at the table and contribute to the profession locally and nationally.

Watch Essraa’s Tedx Talk, “Feeling Welcomed and Empowered.”

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