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DeLa Dos Named Senior Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for ARL

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DeLa Dos

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has appointed DeLa Dos as senior director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, effective June 7, 2021.

DeLa Dos (they/them/their/theirs) has over 15 years of experience working in higher education and nonprofit settings. Their most recent role was the associate director, Equity at Work, Beloved Community. In this capacity, they provided individualized and personalized support for corporate, nonprofit, and higher education clients seeking to create and implement tangible, measurable systemic change in their organizations. Prior to their role with Beloved Community, DeLa served as the inaugural director of Social Justice Education at Emory University.

DeLa also previously served as the director of a multicultural affairs department and as an instructor and adjunct faculty member for undergraduate and graduate programs. In those roles, DeLa developed a nationally recognized educational framework that was used to engage thousands of learners in meaningful exploration of numerous topics, including diversity, inclusion, bias, privilege, oppression, humility, and allyship. They also developed and managed a nationally recognized educational program that explored intersectionality, leadership, and community organizing.

DeLa has served as a consultant for local and national nonprofit organizations seeking to align their values and actions through organizational change and institutional transformation. DeLa holds a PhD in counselor education and supervision with a cognate in educational leadership as well as an MS in community counseling from Mercer University. They earned their BA from Emory University with majors in dance & movement studies and religion with a minor in sociology. With backgrounds in the visual and performing arts as well as mental health counseling, DeLa combines their passions for creativity, healing, and growth in their work to advance justice and effect positive change for individuals and systems.

At ARL, DeLa will lead the Association’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion priorities, working with and providing strategic guidance to ARL’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee and Board of Directors. Additionally, DeLa will lead DEI strategies by educating and working with ARL members to address systemic racism in research library culture, policies, practices, and staffing, while demonstrating pathways to structural equity. They will also lead the Association’s work to increase the recruitment, development, retention, and advancement of Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC) who have been historically underrepresented in research libraries. Furthermore, DeLa will lead the Association’s flagship programs that advance Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the emerging leadership of research libraries: the Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP) and the Kaleidoscope Program.

“We are excited that DeLa Dos is joining us!” said Mary Lee Kennedy, ARL executive director. “ARL is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In 2020, we updated our mission statement and guiding principles to recenter DEI and anti-racism in all that we do. We look forward to DeLa’s expertise and leadership and we’re certain that they will advance ARL’s DEI mission and goals.”


About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise; advances diversity, equity, and inclusion; and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.