Diversity and Inclusion Forum

In an effort to both better serve, better represent, and be better represented by a diverse group of people, VLA formed the Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Forum in 2015.

Purpose

The D&I Forum aims to create an atmosphere of understanding and inclusion, and to promote programs and services to a more diverse community, including by not limited to those of various ethnic, religious, cultural, gender, sexual orientations, age and abilities.


Seeking Judges for the 2019 VLA Diversity and Inclusion Award (February 4, 2019)

The VLA Diversity and Inclusion Forum is looking for judges for the 2019 VLA Diversity and Inclusion Award. Click here to apply. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2019

2019 VLA Diversity and Inclusion Forum is Seeking a Chair and Co-Chair

The VLA Diversity and Inclusion Forum is seeking a co-chair to help lead the committee. If you're ready to become more involved in the VLA community, please contact Paige Flanagan at [email protected]

2019 Graphic Novel Diversity Award 

2018 Graphic Novel Diversity Award (Pending) 

2017 Graphic Novel Diversity Award Winners and Honor Books Announced (May 24, 2018)

2016 Graphic Novel Diversity Award Winners and Honor Books Announced (June 7, 2017)

VLA Graphic Novel Diversity Award

One of the first acts of the D&I Forum was to create the VLA Graphic Novel Diversity Award. The award promotes graphic novels dealing with subjects or characters of diversity as quality literature that fits with the purpose of libraries to educate and promote reading to all reading levels. The first slate of winners was announced ahead of the VLA Annual Conference in October 2016. Learn more about the VLA Graphic Novel Diversity Awards.

If you want to get involved with this new Forum, be sure to update your member profile by logging in to My Profile. From there, you will be able to update your Forum preferences.

Please let us know if you have any questions by e-mailing Lisa R. Varga, VLA Executive Director, at [email protected].