First awarded in 2016, the New England Archivists Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship is given annually to the presenters of one session during the Spring Meeting. The session must be dedicated to issues of inclusion, diversity, and social justice within the profession.
The session will be chosen from the proposals submitted to the Spring Meeting Program Committee; there is no separate application process. The presenters of the session will be eligible for a total of up to $1200 in reimbursement for registration, travel, and hotel expenses.
Initially approved as a three-year pilot program for 2016, 2017, and 2018, this scholarship was made an official NEA scholarship with the objectives of encouraging professional engagement with issues of inclusion, diversity, and social justice.
Any session proposal submitted by NEA members in good standing to the Spring Meeting Program Committee is eligible for this award. First-time presenters and new and student members are strongly encouraged to apply.
The sponsored session will be chosen from among the proposals submitted for the NEA Spring Meeting in response to the general call for proposals. Although there is no separate application process for this award, presenters must indicate in their submissions that they wish to be considered for this award.
Application Review and Recipient Selection
After the session proposal deadline, the Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship Committee will work with the Spring Meeting Program Committee to review all of the proposals that have been submitted for scholarship consideration. Proposals not selected for the scholarship will still be eligible for inclusion on the general Spring Meeting program and will be evaluated with all other proposals by the Spring Meeting Program Committee.
Recipients of this award will be selected for submitting a proposal which draws an explicit connection between the session content and/or archival work, collections, or processes and the issues of inclusion, diversity, and social (in)justice. The connection does not have to be self-evident, but it must be clearly articulated in both the proposal and the presentation itself.
Session proposals will be evaluated on how distinctive (relative to past award winners) and compelling the presentation topic is and the coherence of the proposal. Proposals should be specific, well-organized, and persuasive.
A simple majority vote of the Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship Committee will determine the recipients. Votes are submitted by the Scholarship Committee members privately to the Scholarship Committee Chair, who compiles them and provides the Scholarship Committee with the results.
If the Committee does not select a recipient from the applicants, or in the absence of applications, the scholarship will not be awarded for that year.
Proposals are considered for the Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship independently from applications submitted by the same applicant(s) to other NEA awards during the same award cycle.
Distribution of Scholarship Funds
The NEA Treasurer will send reimbursement checks to the award recipient(s) after all relevant receipts have been submitted. The total will not exceed $1200. The deadline for receipt submission is two weeks after the close of the Spring Meeting.
2018 - Session: "Enhancing Underrepresented Collections and Reaching New Users" presented by:
Annalisa Moretti, Archives Assistant, John J. Burns Library, Boston College (Chair)
Stephanie Hall, Archives Assistant, John J. Burns Library, Boston College
Lynn Moulton, Processing Archivist, John J. Burns Library, Boston College
Meghan Bailey, Processing Archivist, John P. Healey Library, UMass Boston
Amita Kiley, Collections Manager & Research Coordinator, Lawrence History Center
2017 - Session: "Archivists, Non-Archivists, and the Deaf Catholic Archive" presented by:
Keith Ludden, Director, Oral History and Folklife Research, Inc. (chair)
Rev. Joseph Bruce, S.J., College of the Holy Cross
Lisa Villa, Digital Scholarship Librarian, College of the Holy Cross
Inclusion and Diversity Session and Travel Assistance Award Committee
Session proposals are reviewed and recipients are chosen by the Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship Committee, whose membership is approved by the Executive Board annually prior to the start of the application period. The Committee is made up of:
In selecting the members of the Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship Committee, the Scholarship Committee Chair should strive to create a committee that is diverse and inclusive, reflecting a range of tenure in the profession and in NEA, as well as of geography, gender, and professional
Inclusion and Diversity Session and Travel Scholarship Committee files are stored on NEA’s content management system and managed in accordance with the NEA Record Schedule.
Questions? Feedback? Contact the Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.