CSU Archivist appointed to national position

25 Aug

Aaisha Haykal, Chicago State University’s University Archivist, has been elected Junior Co-Chair of the Archivists and Archives of Color Roundtable (AACR), which is an interest group within the Society of American Archivists. SAA is the oldest and largest archival association in North America, serving the educational and informational needs of more than 5,500 individual and institutional members. The AAC Roundtable helps to identify concerns and promote the needs of archivists and archives of color. Haykal will serve two terms as part of the Roundtable’s executive committee. As Junior Co-Chair she will support the chair in his/her duties as well as develop programming ideas in order to better serve the SAA and AACR members. Some projects that she is interested in developing discussions about different leadership styles that take into consideration cultural differences; visible and invisible privileges; and setting up regional affiliates and virtual programs with aims to reduce isolation and to foster mentoring relationships. Additionally, she wants to continue and expand current initiatives such as the Twitter and Facebook chats with AACR members and other interested parties as it encourages cross learning and knowledge sharing. Haykal states “Serving the archival community in this manner is quite an honor and I am excited to start working on these initiatives. Additionally, the Roundtable serves such an important demographic of the profession that needs to be highlighted more often.”

More information about the Roundtable and its activities can be found on its website http://www2.archivists.org/groups/archivists-and-archives-of-color-roundtable