SOA Justice, Equity, Diversity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (JEDAI) Committee


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Contact the Committee Cochairs Penelope Shumaker and Nicole Sutton.

Devhra BennettJones (2020-)
Madeleine Fix, Nationwide Insurance (2020- )
Hannah Kemp-Severence, University of Akron (2023- )
Arjun Sabharwal, University of Toledo (2023- )
Penelope Shumaker, State Library of Ohio (2020-, cochair 2023-2025)
Nicole Sutton, Columbus Metropolitan Library (2020-, cochair 2023-2025)


The JEDAI Committee seeks to fulfill the following goals:

  • Identify and develop sustainable ways to incorporate JEDAI into the work of SOA Council and its committees.
  • Identify and develop ways SOA can make use of its platform(s) to responsibly give voice to historically underrepresented communities.
  • Identify and share resources to educate Council and membership on JEDAI – with an emphasis on applications to archival and information work.
  • Identify and develop ways to continually engage the membership about the JEDAI Committee.

Additionally, the following principles guide the Committee as it seeks to complete its mission:

  • Create a committee culture focused on JEDAI initiatives, strategies, and goals through intercommunity awareness;
  • Create a safe and equitable space for all underrepresented communities;
  • Center underrepresented voices;
  • Be cognizant of privilege;
  • Be mindful of the origins of stories


The Task Force will be made up of the following:

  1. Chair (1) – appointed by Council who will serve a term of 2 years or until the Task Force is disbanded by Council. Chair term can be renewed once, if Council approves.
  2. Council Liaison (1) – selected by Council.
  3. Task Force Members (approximately 6) – volunteers who step forward from general membership and who are approved by the Chair. Non-SOA members from outside professions will be eligible to join upon approval of Council.

Last Updated on August 1, 2023 by Emily Gainer