The Mission & History of the iSchool


We are proud of our 50+ years of educating and providing thought leadership for information professionals. 

The broader climate of the University of Maryland is notable for its inclusiveness. The University was recognized by INSIGHT into Diversity Magazine as one of the national leaders in higher education for diversity and inclusion, receiving the 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. UMD was also named a Top 25 LGBT-Friendly Campus by Campus Pride for the fourth year in a row.

At the College of Information Studies (iSchool), we have a long history of activism for diversity and inclusion. Today, this has created a culture of inclusion as well as academic and research programs that focus on social responsibility and community good. The iSchool prepares students to begin their careers ready to meet the myriad challenges of diversity and inclusion.

Higher Education Education in Diversity Award
Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award
Campus Pride
Top 25
LGBT-Friendly Campus by Campus Pride


Diversity and Inclusion at the iSchool

With a history of activism, the UMD iSchool continues today to champion accessibility, diversity, inclusion, and democratization of information. Our faculty, staff, and students, who come to us from over 49 countries, create a welcoming and encouraging environment. 

Learn More About Diversity and Inclusion at the iSchool

iSchool History
UMD's iSchool

2019 Strategic Plan

For more information about the iSchool's Strategic Plan that includes its Trends, Foundational Strengths, Values, Vision, Missions, Focus Area, Planning Process, and the Planning Team.

iSchool's Strategic Plan