Committee for Equity and Inclusion

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We strive to make DLF events and initiatives as welcoming and accessible as possible. Since the 2016 DLF Forum, our Forum Planning Committees have included a sub-committee on inclusivity issues. The work of the Inclusivity Committee has been so important to us, and has made a significant impact to the experiences of our attendees. To provide guidance for DLF staff and for the community year-round, we are creating a new, standing DLF Committee for Equity and Inclusion.

The "new year" for CEI is centered around the Forum, but the group does function year-round. Plans for the Inclusivity at the Forum typically form around March and April.


Our 2016-2018 Forum Inclusivity Committees were made up of volunteers who have thoughtfully and collaboratively implemented initiatives, including:

  • Expanding and updating DLF’s Code of Conduct
  • Reviewing the conference registration form to ensure that registrants have the opportunity to provide us with accommodation requests, preferred pronouns, dietary restrictions, etc.
  • Serving in intentional “connector” roles to our many other Forum planning groups (from the social and local planning committees to the program and sponsorship committees), to ensure that the spirit of inclusivity touches every aspect of Forum planning
  • Designating and publicizing a quiet room, nursing room, gender-neutral restrooms, and other features at the Forum venue
  • Helping to arrange DLF Forum childcare services
  • Setting up and publicizing community note-taking docs, compiling important accessibility tips for people creating slide decks, and promoting sharing of conference materials through DLF’s OSF for Meetings account
  • Facilitating ride-share and room-share connections via a public exchange, to help make the Forum more economically accessible
  • Serving as a helpful sounding-board for DLF staff who are working to organize the Forum, and assisting with other projects, large and small

Join the Standing Committee

The year-round DLF Committee for Equity and Inclusion aims to build and support more inclusive, diverse, and equitable communities of practice. We envision this to be a lightweight group that advises DLF staff, shares expertise and resources, and collaborates with annual Forum “Community” committees to ensure that a spirit of inclusivity permeates the work those groups do in supporting on-site Forum programming. Do you have an article to recommend? Tips on organizing inclusive in-person or remote events? We hope to utilize the expertise of this group when planning the DLF Forum and DLFx events, but also to serve as a framework for community members to ask questions and offer advice.

Interested in volunteering for the standing committee? Please join our Google Group and check our continuously updated agenda document for future meeting details.


There are currently five subgroups within the committee:

  1. Advocacy, Recruitment, + Leadership Programming Subgroup
  2. Bystander Training Subgroup
  3. GLAM Inclusivity Survey Subgroup
  4. Inclusivity at the DLF Forum Subgroup
  5. Reading / Resource List Subgroup

2019 Activities & Goals

  • Forum Community Committee Subgroup: to advise on inclusivity initiatives for the DLF Forum as part of the Community Committee
  • Forum Bystander Training Subgroup: to develop bystander training for Forum attendees
  • Readings & Resources Subgroup: to compile a list of readings & resources on DEI for community use
  • Advocacy Subgroup: to plan programming around advocating for equity & inclusion initiatives, recruitment, & leadership within your organization

+ other collaborations with DLF staff throughout the year.

2020 Activities & Goals

Call Information and Agenda

Monthly call information + agendas can be found here.