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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 & Inclusion priorities, working with and providing strategic guidance to ARL’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee and 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 & 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. Prior to joining ARL, 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. Earlier in their career, DeLa served as the inaugural director of Social Justice Education at Emory University, as the director of a multicultural affairs department at Emory, and as an instructor and an adjunct faculty member for undergraduate and graduate programs at Emory and at Mercer University. 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 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.