SAA Council Approves DEIA Work Plan, Conducts Strategic Planning Session

November 19, 2021—At its November 10 and 12, 2021, virtual meeting, the SAA Council:

  • Approved the SAA Work Plan on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility, as drafted by the Council Working Group on DEIA, to incorporate DEIA and cultural competency priorities across the organization.  (III.A.)
  • Held a strategic planning session to review, revise, and consider new activities for the Strategic Plan 2023-2025, with a focus on the Strategic Plan Dashboard and incorporating activities from the new DEIA Work Plan. The Council will next seek to connect with current SAA leaders and members refine the new draft plan and dashboard. (IV.A.)
  • Approved a proposal to create the Crisis Collecting Assistance Team program to provide remote guidance on documenting crisis to archivists and allied professionals within the United States. The Crisis, Disaster, and Tragedy Response Working Group plans to launch the program in early 2022. (III.B.)
  • Assigned second-year Council members to review the SAA Constitution and Bylaws regarding consider removing the requirement for an all-member referendum on dues changes as well as consolidating the Constitution and Bylaws into one cohesive document.
  • Approved revisions to the Digital Archive Specialist (DAS) certificate requirements to allow those pursuing the certificate to take a minimum of two synchronous courses, either virtually or in-person, to meet all requirements. (II.C.)
  • Reviewed annual reports from appointed groups, section steering committees, and staff. Members are encouraged to read these reports, as they contain a great deal of information about SAA’s activities and functions.  (VI.A.-VI.S.)

View the agenda and materials for the November 2021 meeting here.

If you have questions or concerns about these Council actions, contact SAA President Courtney Chartier ( or Executive Director Jacqualine Price Osafo ( Comprehensive minutes of the November meeting will be available soon via the SAA website

The next Council meeting will be held in February 2022. If you’d like to have an item considered for inclusion on the next agenda, submit it to Chartier and/or Price Osafo by January 17, 2022.