The AAO’s Professional Development Committee presents
Safe Spaces for BIPOC Archivists
These virtual sessions are spaces set aside and reserved for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) archivists in our profession to connect and meet with one another in an informal, participant-driven environment.
Note that these spaces are only open to BIPOC archivists. Allies may want to review the list of anti-racism educational resources compiled by the AAO. For more information about why safe spaces are needed, see Blackwell, Kelsey, “Why People of Color Need Spaces Without White People,” the Arrow, 9 August 2018.
Meetings are governed by the AAO’s Code of Conduct as well as a guideline of confidentiality. It is essential that all participants agree to keep confidential the identities of individual participants and any names that may be mentioned during their time together, as well as any attributed specific comments. Agreement about this point is required.
About the moderator:
Tamara Rayan is a Palestinian settler, ARL/SAA Mosaic Fellow, and recent University of Toronto Masters of Information Studies graduate specializing in archives and records management. Anti-racist action and BIPOC representation within the archive has always been at the forefront of her archival work. She is the former co-chair for the UofT iSchool's Diversity Working Group and is a current Steering Committee Member of the Society of American Archivists - Archivists and Archives of Color Section. Her research interests are focused on the ways in which minority and marginalized groups document and preserve their cultural heritage in the face of social pressure, colonialism, assimilation, and political oppression.
Recording: These sessions will not be recorded.
Registration: $0 (AAO members, student members, non-members).
Maximum of 45 participants per session.
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