After welcoming our new trustees and Executive Director in July, the Board of Trustees and members of the DEIA Strategic Committee attended a training facilitated by Kent State University’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The four-hour training was an amalgam of beginner and intermediate training, covering bias, microaggressions, and intersectionality. This training marked the beginning of a DEIA plan we have been implementing since early 2021. NEO-RLS has since hosted specific DEIA training opportunities, facilitated by KSU, available to the entire membership.
While there have been some changes with the DEIA Committee participants, and there many changes on the horizon in the organization overall, NEO-RLS will continue to search for and provide quality DEIA training and learning opportunities. As we head into 2023, NEO-RLS staff and the Board of Trustees remain steadfast in our commitment to real and lasting change for our library community and beyond.