Jennifer O'Neal Wins Diversity Award
Jennifer O’Neal, Corrigan Solari University Historian and Archivist at the University of Oregon Libraries, has been named a recipient of the Society of American Archivists’ (SAA) 2014 Diversity Award. The SAA is North America’s oldest and largest national archival professional association.
O’Neal was recognized for her contributions for activities promoting diversity, particularly in relation to American Indian and other indigenous groups both at the University of Oregon and at the SAA.
O’Neal helped found the SAA’s Native American Archives Roundtable in 2005. After participating in the drafting of the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials in 2006, she participated in a multiyear process to bring awareness about the protocols and advocated strongly for an SAA endorsement, which had a major impact on the profession’s discussion of Native American archives.
O’Neal has also continued to take leadership roles and advance issues of diversity via SAA’s Native American Protocols Forum Working Group and through the formation of SAA’s new Cultural Heritage Working Group, for which she currently serves as cochair.
At the UO, O’Neal was a lead instructor for the Oregon Tribal Archives Institute, an initiative that helped provide basic archival training to archivists, records managers, curators, and cultural resources specialists affiliated with Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes. In addition, she coteaches a Clark Honors College course at the UO on race and ethnicity in the American West, specifically focusing on the hidden history of the Northern Paiute tribal community.
One supporter noted that O’Neal’s “combined educational endeavors, publications, and continued service to the profession and to tribal communities across the nation make [her] an incredible model for other archivists to strive to emulate.”
A video featuring O'Neal discussing her work at the UO Libraries may be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/pja54du.