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Saturday, August 8 • TBA
S02 - A Profession for Us: Creating and Sustaining an Equitable, Inclusive, and Diverse Archives Field

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We continue to strive to build a more diverse field in order to better represent, serve, and give voice to our histories and communities. In addition to recruitment, scholarship, and mentoring initiatives, the iterative process of inclusion is also necessary to retain and sustain a diverse community of peers. This session details the successful programs and initiatives that have helped to create welcoming workspaces built upon principles of equity and inclusion.

Vo: Identity and Mental Health in a Landscape of Precarity
Caldwell: Opportunities for Students of Color in the Archival Field
Hernandez: Microaggressions and Morale in the Workplace
Ho: Grassroots Effort to Develop and Spearhead a Travel Fund for Archivists for Color
Lanctot: Books and More Club: A Vehicle for Internal Engagement with Inclusion and Diversity
Peña: Diversifying Archives and Collections: when the majority still feels like a minority
Ruiz: The Forgotten 20% - Jews of Color And Representation: A Case Study In Building An Inclusive Work Environment
Swartz: Indigenous in the Archives: Decolonizing University Spaces
Yakabu: Recruitment and Retention of LIS Students of Color

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Amy C. Vo

Cold War Collections Project Archivist, New York University
Currently at New York University Libraries, Amy has worked on accessioning, processing, exhibition, and outreach projects at Rutgers, the Monmouth County Historical Association, Harvard, and the City of Austin.


Jennifer Ho

Archivist for Special Collections, California State University San Marcos
Jennifer is Archivist for Special Collections at CSU San Marcos. She has an MLIS from San Jose State University.
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Heather Lanctot

Archives and Records Center Coordinator, Yolo County Archives and Records Center
Heather has worked and volunteered in academic, corporate, and government archives since 2010 and has worked for Yolo County since 2016. She has an MA in Musicology and an MLIS with an emphasis in Archives and Records Management.

Audrey Swartz

Reading Room Supervisor and Manuscript Processor, Kansas State University
Audrey Swartz has served as the Student Supervisor and a manuscript collections processor for the Morse Department of Special Collections at Kansas State University since 2016. She holds a Masters in Library Science from Wayne State University and is a Certified Archivist.

Sylvia Hernandez

Archivist, Baylor University
Sylvia is an Archivist at Baylor University working primarily at the Texas Collection, but also works with Special Collections across campus. She earned her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh and is a Certified Archivist.
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Anjelica Ruiz

Director of Libraries and Archives, Temple Emanu-El
Anjelica N. Ruiz is the Director of Libraries and Archives at Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, TX. She holds a M.S. in library science from the University of North Texas and a M.S. in criminal justice from Texas State University.

Nicholas Caldwell

Belle da Costa Greene Curatorial Fellow, The Morgan Library and Museum
Nicholas Caldwell is Curatorial Fellow at The Morgan Library and Museum. His research interests are cultural and local histories, particularly in African American and LGBT communities.
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Melissa Peña

Assistant Archivist and Interim Assistant Development Officer, Museum of South Texas History
Melissa Peña has worked at the Museum of South Texas History since July 2015 in Archives and Collections. She recently added Development to her job description. Melissa graduated from Clayton State University with a Masters of Archival Studies.

Kelli Yakabu

University of Washington
Kelli Yakabu is a recent MLIS graduate from the University of Washington.

Saturday August 8, 2020 TBA