María R. Estorino and University Libraries receive Carolina Latinx Center’s Empowerment Award

May 22, 2023

The Carolina Latinx Center’s 2023 Empowerment Award went to the University Libraries and its leader, María R. Estorino.

María R. Estorino (center) receives the Empowerment Award at from the Carolina Latinx Center.
(Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

The award recognizes the University Libraries’ work to build scholarship beyond the classroom and develop awareness of Latinx identity. Estorino is the Vice Provost for University Libraries and University Librarian; before her January appointment, she served as Associate University Librarian for special collections and director of the Louis Round Wilson Library.

“The Center recognizes both María for her incredible leadership and the University Libraries for their commitment to representing our stories with care and integrity,” the Center said.

The award announcement cites Estorino’s efforts to develop fellowships at the Wilson Special Collections Library and Wilson Library’s efforts to deepen engagement with communities that historically have been underrepresented in archives.

Congratulations to María and all of the University Libraries employees engaged in this important work.