Mosaic Scholarship: Lisle Pino

Lisle Pino, who is pursuing a master’s in archives and records administration at San Jose State University, is a 2019 recipient of the Mosaic Scholarship given by the Society of American Archivists (SAA). The $5,000 scholarship is given to a student who demonstrates potential for scholastic and personal achievement and who manifests a commitment both to the archival profession and to advancing diversity concerns within it.

In addition to maintaining a strong academic record as a student, Lisle works full time as a records and information management specialist for the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians and assigned to the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) both of which are sub-agencies un the US Department of Interior. Having attended a BIE elementary school herself, her proudest moment was working on a 20+ year old case files that included the preservation of her own student case file. As an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, her commitment to diversity in archives shines through in her work with Native American schools and their records. Her work on several unique field projects have provided her with meaningful insights that continue to shape her perspective on the profession. She strives to create a culture within her organization and the organization she serves that promotes and appreciates what records can offer to indigenous communities, presently and in the future.

One of her supporters notes: “Her work clearly demonstrates her professionalism and skills as well as her commitment to working with Native communities in the Southwest and beyond.”