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INCLUSION & DIVERSITY

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.


image of Anna Clutterbuck-CookMeet Your Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator!

Anna Clutterbuck-Cook is the inaugural Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator (IDC) for New England Archivists. Her term will run from November 2014 to November 2017. She earned her B.A. in Women’s Studies and History at Hope College and her M.A./M.L.S in History and Archives Management at Simmons GSLIS. She serves as Reference Librarian for the Massachusetts Historical Society and can be found online at @feministlib

Questions? Feedback? Don’t hesitate to contact the IDC at diversity@newenglandarchivists.org


Interested in being the next Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator? See below for details about the position and how to apply.

Recent news

Code of Conduct Approved! 

The NEA membership voted overwhelmingly to adopt the proposed Code of Conduct (CoC) and the CoC will be officially rolled out at the Spring 2017 Meeting in Hyannis, MA (March 23-25, 2017). The full text of the CoC available to members and guests, in the Policy and Procedure section of the NEA website. Complete information about reporting an incident of harassment or other CoC violation will be added to the CoC page as they are finalized between now and March 2017. In the meantime, please direct any questions or concerns to the IDC at diversity@newenglandarchivists.org.

Once again, thank you to volunteers Andrea Cronin and Rosemary Davis for their invaluable collaboration as we surveyed existing codes and enforcement policies and then crafted a proposal to suit our specific organizational needs.

And thank you to the Executive Board and NEA membership for their wisdom and support throughout this process.

Spring 2017 Meeting

As we enter into a new year, the Spring 2017 Meeting in Hyannis, MA fast approaches!NEA badge image We plan repeat many of the popular inclusion efforts seen at the Spring 2016 Meeting including a wide range of food options, preferred pronoun buttons, gender-neutral restroom facilities, a lactation room, a quiet room (we hope with more comfortable seating!), and a yet-to-be-announced IDC-sponsored session.

As you make your plans to attend Spring 2017, please don’t hesitate to reach out of you have any questions or requests. Many past initiatives have begun as queries or requests from individual members who bring a need to the attention of the IDC which becomes the impetus for a change in practice or a new offering. While we don’t have unlimited resources and options, if NEA does not know what you need to participate optimally, we cannot determine what is possible to implement. So speak up!

Contingent Employment Study

Seventy archivists completed our Contingent Employment Study online survey, open for responses between 1 April - 31 July 2016. The research team is now in the process of conducting follow-up interviews and analyzing results. In January 2017 a study report will be submitted to the board with recommendations for action. The report and anonymized research data will also be made available, in a format yet to be determined, for public review. Watch this page for updates in 2017.

“Who’s Missing From This Table?”

Beginning with the April 2015 (Vol. 42, No. 2) issue of the NEA Newsletter, the IDC is editing a regular guest column, “Who’s Missing From This Table?” which seeks to explore issues of inclusion within NEA and the profession as a whole. We are currently seeking columnists for summer and fall 2017! Have something to say regarding social justice and the archives? Interested in volunteering to write a guest column for “Who’s Missing?” Please contact the IDC at diversity@newenglandarchivists.org to discuss your idea.


NEA is seeking a new Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator

As inclusion and diversity are core values in achieving the New England Archivist mission, NEA seeks candidates for the Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator (IDC) position to help build and maintain 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.

Job Duties:

  • Identifies ways to build and maintain an inclusive organization where differences of opinion, beliefs, and values are sought, listened to, respected, and valued. 
  • Works with NEA committee chairs on related activities as appropriate to support committee effort toward building and maintaining an inclusive, welcoming organization, a key objective of the NEA Strategic Plan 2016-2020. 
  • Provides resources, consultation, and feedback to NEA volunteers and members as requested in order to support their efforts toward building and maintaining an inclusive, welcoming environment within the organization. 
  • Serves as the primary contact for all questions and concerns related to accessibility and inclusion at NEA events, following up with appropriate leadership to address the question or concern. 
  • Serves as the primary, confidential contact for Code of Conduct complaints, following up as necessary with the support and consultation of the Executive Board. 
  • Serves as coordinating editor for the regular NEA Newsletter column, “Who’s Missing From This Table?” by identifying topics, recruiting authors, and reviewing drafts. 
  • Writes one “Who’s Missing” column per year to update members on IDC activities. 
  • Serves as chair of the committee to select the recipient of NEA’s Inclusion and Diversity Session and Travel Assistance Scholarship. 
  • Serves as on-site coordinator for inclusion and diversity efforts at the Spring Meeting. 
  • Regularly updates the content of the Inclusion and Diversity page of the NEA website. 
  • Attends quarterly Executive Board meetings. Submits annual budget request to Treasurer. 
  • Submits a quarterly report to the Board about a week before the Board meeting. 
  • Transfers all records of long-term value to the Archivist at the end of term.

Term of Service: 3 years

Application Instructions: Applicants are encouraged to submit a statement that details your strong commitment to inclusion and diversity; knowledge of the issues and personal and professional experience with advocacy around diversity and inclusion; and understanding of collaboration and public outreach. Successful candidates will also be well-organized and demonstrate strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

All applications will be reviewed by the NEA Executive Board. Please submit your application to NEA President Jennifer Gunter King at jking@hampshire.edu.

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