2024 Election: Candidate Statements

Please take some time to review the candidate statements for the 2024-2026 Diverse Sexuality and Gender Section leadership positions before submitting your vote once the ballots open.
You will be voting for:
  • 1-2 Co-chair(s), for a two-year term; and
  • 2 Steering Committee members
Ballots will be managed by SAA staff through Survey Monkey; keep an eye on your inbox for when the ballot opens!

Co-Chair candidate:

Jordi Padilla-Delgado (he / him)
Records Manager at Lloret de Mar Municipal Archive (SAMLM; Catalonia, Spain)

Jordi Padilla-Delgado works as a Records Manager at Lloret de Mar Municipal Archive (SAMLM; Catalonia, Spain). He's got a degree in Architecture for Universitat de Girona, a Master’s degree in Records Management, Transparency and Information Access, and postgraduate degrees in Photographic Archives Management, Electronic Records Management and Archives & Human Rights for Escola Superior d’Arxivística I Gestió Documental, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ESAGED-UAB). He also develops a research line on Sex-Affective & Gender Diversity lost memory and the dialogue between community and institutional archives about the recovery of the LGBTQ+ history.

Steering Committee Member candidates:

Lou Hines, they/them
Volunteer Community Archivist, Interference Archives

Jack-of-all-trades archivist - seriously, I was an electrician - with a passion for social justice-oriented collections and digital archives. Hoping to contribute some of my life wisdom and professional experience to DSGS' Steering Committee!

Max Flowers (they/he)
Graduate Research Librarian, University of Evansville

I am a queer writer, maker, mender, baker, amateur textile historian, plant-lover, paranormal enthusiast, and librarian currently living in an 1890 Folk Victorian fixer-upper in Henderson, Kentucky (central time zone) with my partner, father-in-law, two dogs and a cat. After completing my BFA in Printmaking from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2016, my partner and I did a cross-country road trip/move to Portland, OR where we lived for a little over six years. During my time in Oregon, I interned with the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology and completed the Independent Publishing Resource Center’s Certificate Program in Poetry. I've had a myriad of 'jobs' over the years from baker to barista to seamstress to museum associate, but consistently found the greatest joy in community building and skill sharing through the lens of racial justice, queer rights, and accessibility.

While I'm primarily interested in special collections, arts librarianship, and archival work (perhaps someday becoming a conservator of heritage objects, with a focus on textiles), I recently accepted a position as a Graduate Research Librarian at the University of Evansville where I've worked for the last year and half. During that time I’ve been fortunate to have a hand in helping revive my work’s archives department after years of neglect, and have learned a lot both by doing personal research into archive management and connecting with folks in the field for advice. Outside of information science, my partner and I are working to build a small community press/mobile print shop in hopes of helping enable local zine makers, artists and writers to get their work out into the world. A long term dream of mine is to someday build a small teaching farm focused on natural fibers and dye plants modeling sustainable agricultural and textile processes. I love making things and helping people so anywhere these twin passions overlap, you’ll probably find me there, or at the very least on the way!

I'm extremely interested in joining the DSGS committee in order to lift up voices of marginalized identities as well as to help provide support for peers, and imagine ways to reshape the field to be more inclusive. Collecting and caring for queer history is an honor, but in the parts that I've been connected to, it often also presents unique challenges. As a trans person myself, I've found that often my work includes extra educational steps, advocacy, or self-advocacy in ways that can sometimes feel overwhelming. Being a part of creating ways to simplify, standardize, or provide other forms of support for issues like these, as well having the opportunity to learn from others doing similar work would be both an exciting and extremely rewarding aspect of joining this committee.