Interim Esperanza B. de Varona Chair, Curator of Caribbean Collections
Béatrice Colastin Skokan joined the faculty in 2009 and serves as Special Collections Librarian. She collects, maintains and manages archival and manuscript materials. She provides reference services to the University community and visiting scholars researching the collections. Her outreach activities include instruction in the use of Special Collections primary source materials as well as the organizations of in house and online exhibits: The Bob Simms Collection: An Activist's Life and Legacy, Marjory Stoneman Douglas Writer & Conservationist, The Civil Rights Movement and the Black Experience in Miami.
Ms. Skokan received her Master's in Library and Information Science from Florida State University and studied at the N.A.R.A. Modern Archives Institute while pursuing her graduate degree. She also holds an M.A. in International Studies and M.A. in French Literature from the University of Miami as well as a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from St. Thomas University.
Ms. Skokan is a member of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), the Society of Florida Archivists, and the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the American Library Association. Her research interests include the documentation of oral, immigrant and peripheral cultures.