To see our portfolio of workshops and presentations, visit our Workshops page. 

If you are looking for existing resources on planning for a diverse workforce, please visit our Strategic Planning for Diversity page. 

The Facilitator Team

Mariel ColbertMariel Colbert is the Program Officer in the Chapter Relations Office at the American Library Association. Her role supports the relationship between ALA and its fifty-seven chapters, including serving as staff liaison to the Chapter Relations Committee, organizing the biannual Chapter Leaders Forums, supporting advocacy initiatives and ALA’s response to domestic disasters that have impacted libraries, facilitating the joint student membership program, maintaining communications and promotion between ALA and its Chapters. Mariel has a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree in International and Area Studies with a minor in French from The University of Oklahoma. Before joining the Chapter Relations Office, Mariel worked in the Association of College and Research Libraries at ALA. Before working at ALA, she was an English teacher in Istanbul, Turkey.


Michael Dowling

Michael Dowling is Director of the Chapter Relations Office and International Relations Office for the American Library Association. His MLIS is from the University of Maryland. He works with strengthening the relationship between ALA and its 57 Chapters, including organizing biannual Chapter Leader Forums, advocacy initiatives, and discussions around best practices. Michael coordinates ALA’s response to domestic and international disasters impacting libraries and represents ALA on the Heritage National Task Force. He currently serves on the Governing Board of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). Before working at ALA, he was Director of the Monroe Public Library in Wisconsin and Reference Librarian at Temple University Japan (Tokyo).



Kristin Lahurd is Interim Director of ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS). Using a social justice framework, Kristin and her team are responsible for programs and resources that promote recruitment and retention for the field of librarianship and development of best practices in serving underrepresented communities. Kristin also develops continuing education strategic plans and curriculum that further equity, diversity, and inclusion. Kristin brings to the position several years of work in education, including roles as a literacy coach, English teacher, and reading teacher in the middle grades. Prior to her work in public schools, Kristin held positions in public health and social service. She has master's degrees in education and public health and a bachelor's degree in English.



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Email: diversity@ala.org