Rachel Newlin Wins 2017 Cohen Award

May 2, 2017

SOIS is proud to announce that Rachel Newlin (pictured), is the winner of the 2017 Helen Cohen Outstanding Student Award. The Cohen Award is given annually to an MLIS student who is enrolled in the spring semester and has completed at least 12 credits or who has graduated within the last two semesters (i.e., fall or summer). The award amount is $500. The SOIS Honors and Awards Committee selects the student to receive the award based on a combination of the following criteria:

  • academic excellence
  • caritas & veritas
  • commitment to the profession
  • service orientation
  • intellectual curiosity
  • collaborative spirit

Rachel Newlin, 2017 Cohen Award Winner

Newlin exemplifies the award criteria through her high academic achievement and outstanding work in Dominican's own Rebecca Crown Library as an undergraduate, and now a graduate, student. "My post-graduation plans are to find a position in either a public or academic library where I can facilitate collaboration between public-facing and technical services departments," says Newlin. "I would love to continue my passion for carving out spaces of advocacy for the queer community in libraries, both through professional organizations such as ALA and ILA, and through staff training, outreach, and programming at whatever institution I end up."

Newlin's nomination cited her ability to balance coursework with her work in the library, along with significant professional involvement and service commitment, including volunteering with freshman orientation, serving on the executive board of Common Ground where she planned and executed diversity programming for the LGBTQIA+ community, winning DU Student Involvement's Outstanding Student Organization Program for Study award for her panel on diversity at Dominican's annual Caritas Veritas Symposium, and creating content as a student blogger for the university.

Specifically, the nomination stated "Rachel Newlin truly personifies what it means to be an outstanding student. Her passion for the library profession, her commitment to social justice, her dedication to academic excellence, and her desire to serve the community, made her an excellent candidate for this award.” Karen Snow, associate professor and Mary Pat Fallon, associate professor served on the committee.