** DRAFT FOR MEMBER COMMENT **
(Comments due 7/15/10)
SAA Statement on Diversity
As a professional association that benefits from the participation of people from all backgrounds, the Society of American Archivists strives to ensure that its membership, the holdings that archivists acquire and manage, and the users whom archivists serve reflect the evolving diversity of society.
SAA understands diversity to encompass:
By embracing diversity, the Society speaks more effectively on behalf of the entire profession, serves a fuller range of stakeholders, increases organizational credibility, and becomes a stronger advocate for the archives profession. SAA’s initiatives are focused primarily on achieving socio-cultural diversity.
The Society of American Archivists has long promoted policies of nondiscrimination, identified diversity as a value for the association and the profession, and strived to foster a just and inclusive professional culture that reflects and embraces the diversity of the larger society. (For a review of SAA’s many early actions, see Elizabeth Adkins’s 2007 Presidential Address, "Our Journey Toward Diversity—And a Call to [More] Action.")
In 1992 SAA adopted an Equal Opportunity/Non-Discrimination Policy that is reviewed every three years. But SAA recognizes that simply pledging nondiscrimination is insufficient, and that we must make positive efforts to develop diversity among our membership, our members’ holdings, and our members’ user communities in order to enrich the historical record and achieve professional excellence. In 2006 the SAA Council adopted “Strategic Priorities” that included the following issue statement as the basis for its strategic priority related to diversity:
The relevance of archives to society and the completeness of the documentary record hinge on the profession’s success in ensuring that its members, the holdings that they collect and manage, and the users that they serve reflect the diversity of society as a whole.
The "Strategic Priorities" document, which guides SAA activities, is reviewed and updated annually to accommodate the evolving landscape of professional challenges.
SAA promotes diversity in all of its professional activities with an eye to ensuring effective representation of our members, addressing the concerns of the full range of stakeholders represented within our members’ holdings, and reaching out to archivists’ many communities of users.
Draft for Member Comment
June 22, 2010