SILS Doctoral Student Association

Welcome to DSA!

We are the official organization for PhD students in UNC’s School of Information and Library Science. All doctoral students are automatically members of DSA. We work to improve communication among doctoral students, M.S. students, and faculty by participating in SILS governance and sending representatives to most SILS committees. We also organize events and programming for doctoral students.

This website is run by students, for students. To join us as a fellow site contributor or make editing suggestions, please contact our current website editors.

Cover art: Remedios Varo. Creation of the Birds/Creacion de las Aves, c. 1957. Oil on masonite.

DSA Events

  • PUFF: PhD Un-Forum Fall 2023

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    At the start of November, DSA hosted the PhD Un-Forum Fall 2023 (PUFF 2023). PUFF was modeled on the idea of an un-conference, with the goal being to create a place for PhD students to gather, reflect, and find community. We created two-types of activities, “puffs,” and “popcorns.” PUFFS Puffs, or introductions and reflections designed…

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  • 2023 Spring Journaling @ Makerspace

    Photo of journaling supplies scattered on desk--craft papers, mildliners, washi tapes, stickers, and an unrolled canvas pencil wrap full of pens. On top of the photo floats the title: "Journaling @Makerspace Spring 2023."

    Towards the end of the spring, DSA hosted a journaling workshop with the help of Equity in the Making Lab (SILS Makerspace)–special thanks to Rachel Rodney and Dr. Maggie Melo! Many of us were making collages and journal notebooks for the first time, and we look forward to holding it regularly in the future with…

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  • 2023 Grant Writing Workshop

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    This spring, DSA hosted a grant writing workshop with SILS’ Contracts and Grants Pre-Award Officer, Nicole Boryczka. We covered applying to public grants, private grants, and closed out with an interactive session focused on in-progress grant applications. Notes from the workshop are available here — please reach out to DSA if you need the password!

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  • 2022 PhD Forum

    DSA is excited to be reviving the SILS PhD Forum after a COVID-induced hiatus! Forum Details When: Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 from 12 pm – 2 pm ET Where: Manning Hall Contact: Please contact DSA if you have any questions. Presenting Anyone interested in presenting should get in touch with DSA before Oct. 15, 2022.…

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Recent DSA Updates

  • 2022 Graduate Student Wellness Survey

    header image saying "fall 2022 graduate student wellness survey" the survey is credited to DSA, ILSSA, and GPSG

    In Fall 2022, DSA, working with ILSSA and our SILS GPSG Senators, conducted a survey of graduate student wellness at SILS. Methods: The survey asked questions about funding, wellness, healthcare, and transportation. We self-funded the survey, run on Typeform, to ensure that student privacy would be safeguarded. Next Steps: DSA presented the survey results to…

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  • Introducing the DSA Website

    This website has been a long time coming, and we’re excited it’s finally here! Our goal is for this website to be a resource for SILS PhD students, prospective students, and for others in the community. We’ll be sharing information about events, updates, and other news on this website. This website is a blank slate…

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