NEA announces The Susan J. Von Salis Student Meeting and Travel Scholarship

The New England Archivists (NEA) Executive Board is pleased to announce a new student meeting and travel scholarship to honor late NEA member Susan J. Von Salis.

NEA is committed to the professional development of its members and recognizes the importance of attending the annual spring meeting to engage with colleagues. To this end, the Executive Board voted to dedicate funds to two permanent scholarships intended to help NEA student members attend the spring meeting. One will provide funds to assist three individual members of NEA in attending the spring meeting, while the second will provide funds for two student members to attend the spring meeting. The latter has been named in honor of Susan J. Von Salis.

The Susan J. Von Salis Student Meeting and Travel Scholarship honors the memory of Susan Von Salis, an active and influential member of New England Archivists from 1989 to 2012. Susan held positions within NEA as Membership Secretary, Representative-at-Large, Chair of the Hale Award Committee, and member of the Outreach Committee and the Task Force on Organizational Efficiency. Von Salis received NEA’s Distinguished Service Award in 2012.  Susan was a graduate of Smith College, received a BA in Religion and Afro-American
Studies and an AM in History/Public History, and held positions at Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library and Harvard Art Museums Archives. Susan was a vocal advocate for NEA’s success, and many archivists in our community count her as a mentor. This scholarship is a fitting way to honor her impact.

More information about this and NEA’s other awards and scholarship may be found here.  Applications for all awards open on December 1st.

Help support the new Susan J. Von Salis Student Meeting and Travel Scholarship with a tax-deductible gift. Your support will help foster and strengthen NEA awards and scholarships, which recognize efforts in advocacy, service, professional development, and collaboration . Donations may be made on the NEA’s donation page. Thank you.

NEA Executive Board

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Inclusion & Diversity Statement

At the beginning of 2014, the New England Archivists (NEA) Board began working on an inclusion and diversity statement for the organization.  After receiving valuable feedback from membership, the NEA Board approved the statement that resonated most with NEA members.  The Board is pleased to announce NEA's Inclusion and Diversity Statement:

NEA supports inclusion and diversity as core values in achieving its mission. NEA is committed to building and maintaining an inclusive environment where differences of opinion, beliefs, and values are sought, listened to, respected, and valued. Through inclusion, NEA is dedicated to expanding membership, participation, and leadership that reflect the broad diversity of New England.

The Board recognizes that this statement is a living document and will continue to ask for member feedback as the organization moves forward in its inclusion and diversity efforts.  We would like to thank our membership for helping NEA develop this important initiative.  For more information, please visit (link to press release).  For more information on NEA's inclusion and diversity initiative, please visit:

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