Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee was formally established by the MARAC Steering Committee in 2017. The creation of this committee followed from the approval by membership vote of an amendment to the Bylaws for MARAC in June 2018.

Mission and Goals

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee will facilitate, sponsor, and promote diversity and inclusiveness within the archival profession in general, and the meetings and activities of MARAC particularly. See our Definition and Statement on Diversity.

Operations

The Committee shall develop, coordinate, and support initiatives that will enhance and support the values and goals expressed in MARAC’s diversity and inclusion statement. The Committee shall identify ways to build and maintain an inclusive organization where differences of opinion, beliefs, and values are sought, listened to, respected, and valued. The committee shall provide resources, consultation, and feedback to MARAC members in order to support their efforts toward building and maintaining an inclusive, welcoming environment within the organization. The committee shall serve as on-site coordinators for inclusion and diversity efforts at MARAC meetings.

Membership

The Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator, who is elected by the MARAC membership to a 3-year term, shall serve as Committee Chair. The other 3 members are appointed by the MARAC Chair-elect to 2-year terms. Members may be reappointed for a second term.

Resources

Ethical Collecting of Protest-Related Materials:To archivists and institutions who are considering collecting protest-related materials, there are important ethical considerations to be aware of, the most important of which is prioritizing the privacy and safety of protesters. It is also appropriate to NOT build protest-related collections if such collection building cannot be done mindfully, safely, and ethically so that they cannot be used to inflict harm. Institutions should also be aware that secondary trauma can be experienced by staff members processing these types of collections. 

For further guidance on ethically collecting protest materials, please consult the Guidelines from Documenting the Now and Guidelines from Witness, as well as resources found on the Archives for Black Lives site.  

General Resource List

Diversity and Inclusion Task Force Reports to Steering 2015-2017


Members Term Ends
Josue Hurtado, Committee Chair and Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator Summer 2021
Rayna Andrews Summer 2022
Marci Bayer Summer 2022
Alissa Zawoyski Summer 2022

 

Last revised July 2020