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DeLa Dos

Senior Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
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DeLa Dos is the senior director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for ARL. They lead the Association’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion priorities, working with and providing strategic guidance to ARL’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee and the ARL Board of Directors. Additionally, DeLa leads 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 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 leads the Association’s flagship programs that advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the emerging leadership of research libraries: the Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP) and the Kaleidoscope Program.

DeLa has over 15 years of experience working in higher education and nonprofit settings. They served as a consultant with Beloved Community, a nonprofit, DEI consulting firm, as well as a higher education administrator responsible for social justice education and multicultural affairs departments at Emory University. In these roles, DeLa developed a nationally recognized educational framework 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. Additionally, they were an instructor and an adjunct faculty member for multiple undergraduate and graduate programs. 

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.