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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.

Meet Your Inclusion and Diversity Committee!


Rosemary K. J. Davis is serving a three year term (2017-2020) as co-chair for the IDC. Currently, she works as Accessioning Archivist for the Manuscript Unit at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. In addition to an MSLIS degree from Pratt Institute, she holds a BA in Visual Studies and Fiction from the New School. Prior to her work Yale, Rosemary processed the Samuel French Collection at Amherst College, riot grrrl collections at the Fales Library at NYU, exhibition records at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jazz Loft oral histories at Duke’s Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the papers of Christian J. Lambertsen at the Duke University Medical Center Archives.


Rose Oliveira is serving a three year term (2017-2020) as co-chair for the IDC. She currently works as the Linda Lear Special Collections Librarian at the Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives at Connecticut College. She received her MS in Information Science from Simmons College and holds a MA in Medieval Studies from the Central European University and a BFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute. She has worked as a graduate assistant at Tufts Digital Collections and Archives and the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America.



Anna Robinson-Sweet is serving a one year term (2017-2018) as a committee member of the IDC. She is currently a student at Simmons School of Library & Information Science and received her BA from Yale, where she majored in art. She has done internships at the Whitney Museum, Weeksville Heritage Center, and Artspace New Haven. Prior to entering the archives field, she worked as an arts administrator and community organizer.



Samantha Strain is serving a one year term (2017-2018) as a committee member of the IDC. She recently earned her Masters in Library and Information Science from Simmons College, where she served as Dean’s Fellow for Digital Media Outreach and interned with Massachusetts Historical Society and the Boston Book Festival. A volunteer at the History Project - Documenting LGBTQ Boston, she is especially interested in cultural heritage informatics, community engagement, and the transformative potential of archives. She currently works in a technical library.


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

Interested in serving on the Inclusion and diversity committee?

As inclusion and diversity are core values in achieving the New England Archivist mission, the IDC is currently seeking two candidates for 2-year term positions serving on the Inclusion and Diversity Committee. The IDC strives 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:

  • Works with IDC committee co-chairs and members to identify ways to build and maintain an inclusive organization where differences of opinion, beliefs, and values are sought, listened to, respected, and valued.
  • Works with IDC committee co-chairs and members 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.
  • Helps provide 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.
  • Supports the IDC in its work to support and enforce the NEA Code of Conduct.
  • Contributes ideas and occasional writing as part of to Serves as coordinating editor for the regular NEA Newsletter column, “Who’s Missing From This Table?” by identifying topics, recruiting authors, and reviewing drafts.
  • Contributes to IDC efforts surrounding the administration of NEA’s Inclusion and Diversity Session and Travel Assistance Scholarship.
  • Assists the IDC with on-site coordinator for inclusion and diversity efforts at NEA Spring Meetings.
  • Attends quarterly Executive Board meetings if possible.
  • Contributes to quarterly reports submitted to the NEA Board

Term of Service: 2 years [two positions available]

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, as well as the Co-Chairs and current members of the IDC committee. Please submit your application in to: diversity@newenglandarchivists.org


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.


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