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SGA Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

The Society of Georgia Archivists (SGA) benefits from the participation of people from a variety of backgrounds and strives to ensure that its membership, the holdings that archivists acquire and manage, and the users whom archivists serve all reflect the evolving diversity of the archival profession, our society, and the state of Georgia. Diversity is a part of SGA’s core values and as such, we strive to “...create inclusive environments by encouraging and promoting unique perspectives and experiences so that the archival field is a reflection of the society it serves." In drafting the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, the SGA Board created a priority section for diversity and inclusion to clarify what diversity means for SGA and “to attract a wider range of candidates for board positions, committees,and general membership; to create a culture in which leaders within the organization consider diversity as a critical element of all initiatives; and to ensure that SGA leadership reflects the variety of backgrounds of SGA membership."

To that end, SGA has developed this Statement on Diversity and Inclusion, which reflects the Society of American Archivists’ commitment to diversity and inclusion.

SGA understands diversity and inclusion to encompass:
  • Individual members and their multifaceted professional and personal identities: Concern about these facets reflects SGA’s desire for broad participation from archivists working in various geographic locations and types of repositories. SGA also desires to acknowledge and appreciate its membership in terms of individual diversity, including but not limited to ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, ability, educational background, and so on.
  •  Collections held in various geographical repositories that represent the socio-cultural factors of the user community: SGA desires to promote and advocate for the multitude of collections that represent an inclusive history of our state.
  •  User communities: SGA supports diversity in user communities by helping Georgia archivists increase their ability to serve new and historically underserved archival patrons. SGA facilitates these relationships through archival education, public programs, and outreach initiatives.
SGA identifies inclusion as our commitment to ongoing and cumulative efforts (e.g., policies, principles, practices, recruitment, and activities) that engage an increasingly diverse community in a welcoming, equitable, and responsive manner.

By prioritizing diversity and inclusion, SGA speaks more effectively on behalf of the entire profession and affirms the Society’s commitment to documenting and serving Georgia’s diverse populations. 

Approved by the SGA Board on May 12, 2017

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