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


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Resources from the SOA Social Justice and Black Lives Matter Task Force. Updated August 2022.


Contact the Committee Cochairs Penelope Shumaker and Nicole Sutton.

Devhra BennettJones, Henry Winkler Center for the Health Sciences Library, University of Cincinnati (2020-)
Madeleine Fix, The Ohio State University (2020- )
Hannah Kemp-Severence, University of Akron (2023- )
Arjun Sabharwal, University of Toledo (2023- )
Penelope Shumaker, State Library of Ohio (2020-, cochair 2023-2024)
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

Last Updated on May 17, 2024 by Emily Gainer