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Call for Volunteers to Serve on New Diversity and Inclusion (D+I) Task Force

22 Nov 2019 10:03 AM | Anonymous

On behalf of the ACA Board and Committee Chairs, I am pleased to report that the ACA has struck a Diversity and Inclusion (D+I) Task Force with a mandate to develop and recommend a D+I Action Plan

What is a D+I Action Plan?

We know that the future of the archives and recordkeeping profession requires a diversity of experiences, skills, and perspectives. To build this capacity, we need to create an equitable, diverse and inclusive profession now. The ACA is committed to this capacity building and cultural change. We want to integrate equity, diversity and inclusion considerations into all of our programming and to support our members from all backgrounds. We seek to build a professional association that can provide national leadership on equity, diversity and inclusion as it relates to archives and recordkeeping, and we desire a community of members who feel confident in allowing us to take that leadership role. A D+I Action Plan will provide us a strategic roadmap for moving the ACA forward.

At its November meeting, the ACA Board has struck a D+I Task Force with a mandate to develop and recommend a D+I Action Plan that aligns with the ACA’s strategic priorities and is:

  • Staged over four years with the intention of regular review and revision (rolling 4-year);
  • Established benchmarks that take into account available resources;
  • Implementable across all ACA committees and governance structures; and
  • Provides working definition for D+I concepts and strategies relevant to the archives and recordkeeping profession.
How Can You Participate?

The ACA Board has appointed Rebecka Sheffield as the interim chair of the D+I Task Force. Rebecka is looking for volunteers to serve on this Task Force and invites expressions of interest until December 20, 2019. The intention is to build a Task Force that will begin its work in the new year. 

The ACA Board is fully supportive of D+I initiatives and principles. We also recognize that this is important and critical work that will require thoughtful strategic considerations and tremendous persistence. While we encourage all ACA members to consider joining this Task Force, the Board is particularly interested in members who have experience working in equity, diversity and inclusion programming or initiatives. We are also seeking members with experience working in conflict resolution and non-profit management. We will consider expressions of interest from non-members who have demonstrated a desire to work with the ACA to improve its programming and to better serve archives and recordkeeping professionals at any stage of their careers and from all backgrounds. 

Please submit expressions of interest here: https://archivists_ca.formstack.com/forms/aca_task_force_volunteer

For more information about the ACA and its programs and services, please visit: https://archivists.ca

Questions and comments can be sent directly to Rebecka at: vicepresident@archivists.ca

- Rebecka, VP (2018-2021)


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