The YALSA Board embarked on an ambitious plan to weave equity, diversity and inclusion principles into all aspects of their work. This began with the Board approval of an EDI plan in October 2018 and continues as the Board creates a new Strategic Plan. In this work it’s essential that the YALSA Board, staff and member leaders have a common understanding of EDI principles and how to move from EDI awareness to intentional implementation strategies. Board Document 28 proposes a way to accomplish this work through a continuing education plan that begins with a full day training at ALA Midwinter 2020, the training will focus on :
- An introduction to structural racism in the United States and its current impact on Black, Indigenous and Youth of Color
- Developing a shared EDI vocabulary
- Leveraging a framework for engaging in difficult conversations about race, equity, diversity and inclusion
At Annual in Washington, D.C., the YALSA Board will review recommendations for the EDI focused full-day training for YALSA Board and staff. Learn more in Board Document 28.
See the full agenda of the Board of Directors at ALA Annual in Washington, D.C. All Board meetings are open to attendees, and you can learn more about the Board meetings on the YALSA Conference wiki.