Spring 2024 Symposium on
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

April 8, 2024
10 am - 3pm (lunch 
Philadelphia, PA

Featuring training from Right to Be on
Bystander Intervention and Conflict De-Escalation in the Workplace 


Sonesta Rittenhouse Square
1800 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone icon (215) 561-7500

Symposium room rate is $189/night
Deadline to reserve at group rate is March 18th

Overnight parking is $55.00 and is in addition to the
room rate. Several self-parking garages not affiliated
with the hotel are within walking distance.

It's MARAC's first symposium!

Philadelphia was home to the first Continental Congress, the first library, and now, MARAC’s first symposium!  The Diversity Committee has planned this inaugural symposium, selecting several lightning talks on the theme of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Archives for the morning program.

Following a provided lunch, we will have a Bystander Intervention and Conflict De-escalation in the Workplace training with Right To Be. This training will equip participants with tools they need to disrupt workplace disrespect, identify potential conflict before it escalates, assess whether de-escalation is the right action, and diffuse the situation. This training has been approved for 2 ACA recertification credits.

MARAC’s first symposium comes after a membership survey encouraged new meeting formats.  The symposium is an effort to present members with a shortened program centered around one important archival concept in an easily accessible location for MARAC members.

This shorter event still offers MARAC members a taste of a traditional meeting with opportunities to meet with vendors and network in-person with other archival professionals in a smaller, more personalized venue. 

In addition, MARAC is offering a workshop led by Vincent Novara on Sunday, April 7: Project Management in the Archival Workspace. Save yourself time and travel expense by attending both the workshop and the Symposium. Registration for the workshop is separate from the Symposium. Visit MARAC Workshops for details. 

Consider arriving early and exploring the local area. Be sure to check out Attractions and Entertainment for activities near the hotel. If you’re in the mood to socialize after the program, join the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for an informal happy hour at El Rey

Symposium Registration
Regular $125
Student  $70
Registration covers attendance to the Symposium and lunch. Register online at Spring 2024 Symposium Registration by April 2, 2024.

Financial Assistance
Symposium Scholarships and Travel Awards are available to support your attendance. Visit MARAC Symposium Scholarships for details. Applications are due Monday, February 12, 2024. 

Cancellations and Refunds
If you must cancel your registration for the Symposium, your written request must be received on or before April 1, 2024 to receive your refund minus a $5 administrative fee. Please submit requests to Sara Predmore at [email protected]. No refunds will be issued after April 1, 2024

Americans with Disabilities Act
MARAC is committed to an inclusive Symposium. Please indicate your requests on the Symposium registration form and inform the Sonesta Hotel for assistance when making a reservation.

Code of Conduct
MARAC is committed to providing a harassment-free environment for all participants, so we ask that you please abide by our Code of Conduct. This Code of Conduct encourages civil discourse and the free exploration of ideas and concepts–with a fundamental respect for the rights, dignity, and value of all persons.

Parking is adjacent to the hotel. The driveway entrance is located on Market Street between 19th & 18th Streets, next to the hotel entrance. Parking is valet only and fee ($55.00 per car per night, plus applicable taxes and fees) is in addition to the room rate. 

Several self-parking garages, not affiliated with the hotel, are within walking distance at 36 S. 19th Street, 1728 Sansom Street, 1818 Ludlow Street, and 1818 Market Street.

Public Transit: Take Amtrak into 30th St. Station. From there, take any trolley from 30th st to 19th and walk from there. You can also take the bus (lines 31, 44, 124) directly up  Market St or bus line 9 up Chestnut.

About the Presenters:
Right To Be’s work focuses on turning the care we have for each other into simple, creative, effective action. We want to build a world that’s free of harassment and filled with humanity. Every day, we train hundreds of people to respond to, intervene in, and heal from harassment. We hold space for people experiencing harassment to share their stories for affirmation and support. And we prepare new leaders to create workplaces, schools, and communities around the world that are filled with humanity.

We are a global team of educators, motivators, and facilitators listening, guiding, and cheering you on. The world we want isn’t some far-off destination. It’s something we create and recreate, bit by bit, every day. It’s imperfect, courageous, beautiful work. It’s us. Here. Now.

Schedule Monday, April 8, 2024
9:00 a.m.: Registration Check-in
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Lightning Talks (Order TBD)

  • Affordable and Easy Universal Design in Archival Instruction
  • Reflections on unpaid labor, or volunteering in archives
  • Centering Diversity, from Archives to Archivists
  • Documenting los Hermanos en Cristo: Oral History, Community Engagement, and Archival Collecting at Messiah University
  • Mrs-Spelling: A Reparative Description of an oral history collection at the Anacostia Community Museum
  • Beyond the Namesakes: Navigating a Storied Past with Collecting and Reputation
  • Editing Wikipedia, Advancing DEI: Spotlighting Newark History in Rutgers Archives
  • Toward Reparative Linked Data: Supporting Ethical Access to Anthropology's Archives

12:00-1:00 p.m.: Buffet lunch
1:00-3:00 p.m.: Bystander Intervention and Conflict De-Escalation in the Workplace Training by Right to Be

Questions? Contact Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair, Rayna Andrews, at [email protected]

Vendor Registration

Exhibit day will be Monday, April 8, 2024.  Vendor registration is full. If you'd like information about sponsorship opportunities, contact the MARAC Vendor Coordinator, Nick Zmijewski, at [email protected].

Additional Virtual Training from Right To Be: "Resilience: This Moment and Beyond”

Date: Friday, April 26, 2024
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. ET
Venue: Zoom
Cost: $30
Stay tuned for registration

Another educational offering by Right To Be. This training is independent of the Symposium in both participation and cost.

“Right To Be is offering this interactive and experiential learning experience that will teach you how to author your own resilience, using Right To Be’s resilience methodology: sit with what is, create your story, and be in choice. We’ll start by talking about what resilience really is, and how it’s different (and harder) than self-care. Using guided practices, we’ll learn how to hold our pain and still find joy.

We’ll explore how we’re making sense of this moment — and how that’s shaping our experience of it. And we’ll learn practices to recover quickly when we’re knocked down by the world.”