Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

This webpage provides links to diversity, equity, and inclusion resources identified by AAHSL members and is updated with new resources on a rolling basis. To suggest additional resources, please submit your ideas to the online suggestion form.

To contact a member of the AAHSL Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, visit the AAHSL Committees, Task Forces & Representatives page and navigate to the Committee Rosters link. 


Professional Meeting Protocols

  • AAHSL has established an Event Code of Conduct to serve as a guideline for the professional conduct of anyone attending or participating in an AAHSL Event, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior. We expect you to follow this Code so that you and other participants can enjoy the Event responsibly and with respect for the rights of others
  • Land Acknowledgement Statement is a simple, but powerful statement acknowledging and paying respect to the original Indigenous Peoples of the land for which an event or gathering is taking place. The following resources can aid event organizers in further understanding and crafting a land statement for their event:
    • Honor Native Land: A Guide and Call to Acknowledgement From the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture. Visit the website to complete the form and download the guide. 
    • Native Land an interactive mapping tool showcasing Indigenous territories, treaties, and languages across the world. Excellent resource for identifying appropriate Indigenous Peoples in land acknowledgement. 
    • Example Land Acknowledgement Statements
      • American Library Association Annual Meeting Update on the Washington football team discussed in the statement: The NFL announced in July 2020 that it would retire the name "Redskins," only to announce later in the month it would go by the Washington Football Team during the 2020 season. The team indicated it would try to determine a new name in the future. 

Featured Resource: Conversations that Matter Webinar Series with Jessica Pettitt

In 2019, AAHSL, the Medical Library Association (MLA), and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) partnered to sponsor a series of webinars, "Nine Conversations that Matter to Health Sciences Librarians" featuring Jessica Pettitt. The presentation slides and materials presented at each webinar are provided below with permission:

DEI Resources

Diversity Statements


Conferences & Training

  • ACRL Diversity Alliance The program unites academic libraries committed to increasing the hiring pipeline of qualified and talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. 
  • ARL/ACRL Symposium for Strategic Leadership in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, 2018  
  • IDEAL 2019 Provides an opportunity for professionals at every level and across sectors to discuss how increasing workplace diversity and creating an inclusive workplace environment improves organizational effectiveness, creativity, adaptability, and relevance to the communities served by the organization.
  • Killing Me Softly A game demonstrating how it feels to suffer micro-aggressions and acculturative stress day after day. 
  • Pod Save the People Organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics through deep conversations with influencers and experts, and the weekly news with fellow activists Brittany Packnett and Sam Sinyangwe, and writer Clint Smith. 
  • Poverty Simulation Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families. But unless you’ve experienced poverty, it’s difficult to truly understand. The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) bridges that gap from misconception to understanding.  
  • Project Implicit A non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition – thoughts and feelings outside conscious awareness and control. 
  • Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man Hosted by former NHL player Emmanuel Acho of the Philadelphia Eagles, this website features a series of videos that offer a safe space to explore and discuss uncomfortable conversations and questions about race. 
  • Unconscious Bias Training for the Health Professions In a partnership between the AAMC and Cook Ross, Inc, “this evidence‐based, intensive, and dynamic 4-day course provides a hands-on experience to prepare attendees to deliver an unconscious bias workshop. This unique program is aimed at leaders in academic medicine and other professionals in healthcare and biomedical research who want to integrate unconscious bias learning opportunities into their organizations.” 

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