Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Charge

The Committee on Diversity and Inclusion has as its charge: 
  • To establish and maintain diversity as a fundamental principle of LITA, 
  • To articulate the desired facets of diversity within LITA, 
  • To propose appropriate goals for diversity in LITA membership, participation, and programming and metrics for measuring success, 
  • To advise and coordinate with other LITA committees, task forces, and the governing board on strategies to meet diversity goals, 
  • To coordinate with other groups within ALA on diversity issues in the library workplace, and
  • To report annually to the governing board on the committee's progress, 
  • To serve as LITA liaison to the ALA Diversity Committee through the chair or another designee from the committee.
 

Roster

Melissa S. Stoner (Chair, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018)
Jennifer C. Brown (Vice-Chair, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018)
Carli Spina (Past-Chairperson, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018)
Vernica M. Downey (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Mr. Ed Garcia (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Mr. Thomas Lamanna, II (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Rebecca Michele Marrall (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Paula Jharina Pascual (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Debra Riley-Huff (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Jennifer Todd (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Evviva R. Weinraub (Board Liaison, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018)
Mark A. Beatty (Staff Liaison, January 1, 2016, to June 30, 2020)
Jenny Levine (Staff Liaison, January 1, 2016, to June 30, 2020)

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Composition

The Committee on Diversity and Inclusion shall be composed of a a chair with a one-year term, a vice-chair with a one-year term who will succeed to the role of chair in the subsequent year, and 6 to 8 additional members with two-year overlapping terms. 
 
Members of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion will receive assistance from an ALA staff liaison and a LITA board member will be appointed to serve as the committee's board liaison.
 

Origin

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee began in 2016. 

Get Involved

LITA values committed and active committee members. Qualified members are welcome to volunteer to serve on this committee. Committee members must have an interest in the work of the committee, be able to participate in Committee meetings when scheduled, e.g., Annual Conferences, Midwinter Meetings, or other times of the year as needed and, be able to contribute to the activities of the committee Express your interest in serving on this or other committees by filling out the application form. Generally, appointments take place once a year, during the spring. Committee service usually begins following Annual Conference, about July 1, for two year terms. Exceptions to this include the LITA National Forum Planning Committee (18 months before the Forum through the December after the Forum), the Nominating Committee (18 months before the election through the election) and, the Awards and Scholarships committees (one year terms).