ARA develops Diversity Action Plan

‘Our destination is diverse collections, partners, volunteers, usersand workforce’

Work has begun to deliver an ARA Diversity Action Plan as a step towards developing a Diversity Policy for the ARA.
Under the lead of Sam Collenette, Board member for Member Services (Inclusion), a working party of ARA members and partners from outside the ARA will seek to move the archives and records sector from ‘engagement’ with diverse audiences to attracting these groups to the profession.
‘At present less than 3% of ARA members have a declared disability. Nationally the figure is 18%. Similar discrepancies can be found regarding ethnic origin,’ says Sam. ‘The experience of other sectors suggest that if we create benchmarks, share best practice and be ready to bid for workplace development funding, we can make progress towards making our staff, volunteers, users and partners more diverse. We need to make sure that we can attract the best people to the record-keeping professions ’
Sam will be convening a working group and is keen to hear from members who wish to be involved or can share their experiences. The group will discuss issues of race, culture, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, age, disability - and other factors that result in discrimination and inequality.

Read a Diversity powerpoint by Sam Collenette.