I am Elizabeth “Nikki” Johnson, the Librarian of the Black Cultural Center. I completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and African & African American Studies at Indiana State University. There I discovered my interest in, and comprehension of the authentic research process as a Ronald E. McNair Research Scholar. I focused my studies as a McNair Scholar on lifestyle perceptions, interpretations, and tendencies within the Black community.
I completed the Master in Library Science degree from Indiana University where I was a fellow for the Indiana’s Librarians Leading in Diversity (I-LLID) project, an award offered jointly by Indiana State Library and IU School of Library and Information Science. With this honor, I had the opportunity to explore, engage, and confirm my interests in my research efforts and in academic librarianship.
As a professional, I have developed my service to reach students by assisting them in developing confidence in their own academic journeys. I am a strong advocate for promoting student success strategies, and for helping learners discover and rely on the strengths of their own achievement.