Always a champion of diversity, NEO-RLS has made a commitment to education and leading in the crucial work of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). With the goal of creating a more welcoming, learning experience for all library workers in the region, NEO-RLS formed the DEI Strategies Committee.
The past few months, we have built this committee on the collective understanding of the importance of DEI in shaping a safe library community. Some of our internal and external goals include greater diversity in programming, reviewing policies and guidelines through a DEI lens, and creating services and resources for the membership. The committee has even created exit interviews for committee members and Trustees finishing their terms and has begun working on an orientation plan for new committee members.
With help from information gathered from the membership survey, the DEI Committee will spend the next few months writing our charge, creating an action plan, and implementing our goals.
Committee members: Teanna Weeks, Chair (Shaker Heights City School District), Chloe Bragg (Cleveland Museum of Art), Tonya Briggs (Cleveland Public Library), Jen Coventry (Wadsworth Public Library), CJ Lynce (Westlake Porter Public Library), Trent Ross (Rocky River Public Library), William Rutger (Avon Lake Public Library), Alison Shelley (Reed Memorial Library), Fatima Suela (Wayne County Public Library), and Hayler Tracy-Bursley (Wayne County Public Library). Ex-officio: Betsy Lantz and Debbie Blair, NEO-RLS.