The (Dr. E.J.) Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Committee is busiest during the months of March, April, July and September.
On average, a committee member could expect to spend 0-2 hours per month working on committee assignments/tasks/projects.
The primary need is for folks to be familiar with the Spectrum program, particularly ones who have been Spectrum Scholars, and for people who are from one or more minoritized groups. Additionally, having experience with and interest in recruitment & retention of BIPOC/disabled/LGBTQ+/etc. people in librarianship is helpful. Experience with mentorship programs or awards/scholarships juries is useful as well.
This committee does not take up a lot of time each month, unless you are planning a session for ALA/ACRL or a webinar. In which case, it may take 3-4 hours per month.
Mentoring programs are a best practice in recruitment & retention for minoritized populations. This committee is one of the few in which I feel like I am doing good work to support DEI as the core purpose. It's always fun to read mentor/mentee information and make matches - particularly when you hear back that the match was a successful one. Other things I like are giving away scholarship money and meeting mentor/mentee pairs at ACRL!
We are really hoping to increase the number of Spectrum alumni/ae on this committee, regardless of whether they participated in the mentorship program proper. You can do both at once - be a mentor/mentee AND be on the committee. It's not a lot of work except at the intensive times when we are matching pairs (this varies from cycle to cycle) and awarding scholarships (every other fall, before the conference). As noted above, nearly all of the work is done remotely, the only in-person opportunities are at ACRL and are entirely voluntary (and fun!).