New England Archivists (NEA) supports inclusion and diversity as core values in achieving its mission. NEA is committed to building and maintaining an inclusive environment where differences of opinion, beliefs, and values are sought, listened to, respected, and valued. Through inclusion, NEA is dedicated to expanding membership, participation, and leadership that reflect the broad diversity of New England.
The New England Archivists’ 2010 strategic plan formally recognized the importance of diversity and inclusion for an organization seeking to represent and support all of New England’s archivists. The plan called for the formation of a Diversity Task Force (DTF) to examine community needs. In their final report to the board (June 2013), the DTF made a number of recommendations, including a call to “institutionalize NEA’s commitment to diversity and inclusion by creating a permanent body devoted to assessing and promoting the organization’s progress in this area.” The Executive Board acted on this recommendation by creating the position of Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator (IDC). Volunteer Anna J. Clutterbuck-Cook served in that position for a three-year term (November 2014–November 2017). In the final year of her tenure, Anna recommended to the board that the position of IDC be expanded into a committee. The integration of inclusion and diversity efforts throughout NEA, combined with ambitious goals outlined in the 2016-2020 strategic plan, meant that a single coordinator would likely be overextended. In July 2017, the Executive Board approved this transition, and the Inclusion and Diversity Committee was formed, taking over responsibility for NEA’s inclusion and diversity work in December 2017.