Sandhills PRIDE, a Sandhills-based lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) support network and educational advocacy group, has announced the addition of Robert L. Canida, II, to its Board of Directors.

Dr. Canida is a faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s Mary Livermore Library, where he teaches about academic research and information literacy.

As an agent of change, he seeks to empower individuals through information literacy, inclusive excellence, and cultural competency. Dr. Canida has co-authored and presented numerous publications and presentations addressing the importance of diversity in academe, the workplace, cultural competency, and organizational change.

Dr. Canida currently serves on the Jumbo Arts International Advisory Council and has served as the President for the Pembroke Area Chamber of Commerce and the National Diversity Council – Carolinas Board. Dr. Canida has earned degrees from Xavier University (BS), the University of Kentucky (Masters), and North Carolina A&T State University (Ph.D.).

“Robert brings with him a wealth of experience and connections,” says current board Secretary and founding member Julia Latham. “We are especially excited about Robert’s expertise and background in supporting and encouraging diversity across systems. As we look forward to expanding our Safe Zones project in support of LGBTQ young people, we could not have a better partner on board.”

The mission of Sandhills PRIDE is to unite, celebrate, and serve LGBTQ people, their allies, and sister organizations by providing social engagement, service, education, and leadership in the Sandhills region of North Carolina.

Sandhills PRIDE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Pinehurst.

Sandhills PRIDE relies on donations to fund scholarships and activities. To donate to Sandhills PRIDE, visit For more information, send an email to [email protected].


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