Inclusion Diversity Equity Access Task Force

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Accessibility (IDEA) Committee

The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Accessibility (IDEA) Committee is charged with providing education and advocacy about inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility issues that serve the interests of the association and its membership. This task force will reach out to members, coordinate efforts with existing MiALA entities such as Committees and Interest Groups, and make recommendations to the Board of Directors.

The task force’s work may include:

  • Applying association best practices for inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility.

  • Encouraging and facilitating diversity within MiALA and the profession as a whole within the state of Michigan.

2019-2020 Charge:

  • Review and offer recommendations to make the MiALA Annual Conference more inclusive, more accessible, and welcoming to all. This work will include the creation of a code of conduct.  

  • Develop proposals to increase participation from library students, support staff, and traditionally underrepresented groups.



If you are interested in serving on the IDEA committee, click here to fill out the committee volunteer form.

2021-2022 Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) Committee Members

Sheila Garcia (Co-Chair)
Grand Valley State University
garcishe@gvsu.edu

Denise Leyton (Co-Chair)
University of Michigan
dmleyton@umich.edu

Tina Mullins
Saginaw Valley State University
cemullin@svsu.edu

Rebecca Renirie
Central Michigan University
hill2ra@cmich.edu

Michelle Strasz
Saginaw State University
mastrasz@svsu.edu

Austin Phillips
Aquinas College
atp003@aquinas.edu

Ed Eckel
Western Michigan University
Edward.Eckel@wmich.edu



Board Liaison - TBD