DEIA Committee

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Committee

The DEIA Committee is a proactive and integral part of NISO’s commitment to foster diversity,  equity, inclusion, and accessibility across the organization’s endeavors. Comprised of members from across the globe, representing all areas of NISO’s work — libraries, publishers, research    infrastructure, service providers, and other information community organizations — alongside NISO staff members, the committee plays a vital role. Committee members are entrusted to     advance NISO’s DEI Policy to realize our commitment to social justice in all our activities.  This     includes establishing priorities, identifying assessment criteria, and regularly monitoring and    reporting on progress.

The committee’s charges extend beyond their internal impact, influencing programs and educational resources intended for the NISO community. By providing guidance on DEIA issues and    advocating for under-represented groups, the committee strives to be a catalyst for positive change within the NISO organization and the broader information community.

Committee Members


  • Salwa Ismail, University of California - Berkeley (USA) (Board of Directors)


  • Trevor Dawes, University of Deleware (USA) (Board of Directors)
  • Yali Feng, University of Illinois Urban-Champaign Library (USA)
  • Judith Fraenkel, Clarivate (USA)
  • Ruth Haber, UC Berkeley Library (USA)
  • Yuimi Hlasten '22, Denison University (USA)
  • Rosy Salman Khan '23, (India)
  • George Kerscher, DAISY Consortium (USA)
  • Sandra Kiselica, MPS/HighWire (USA)
  • Preeti Gokal Kochar, National Library of Medicine (USA)
  • Rebecca McLeod, Harvard Data Science Review (USA) (Board of Directors)
  • Russell Michalak '22, Goldey-Beacom College (USA)
  • Johanssen Obanda '21, Crossref (Kenya)
  • Christie Peters, Washington University in St. Louis Libraries (USA)
  • Deborah Poff, Journal of Scholarly Publishing / University of Toronto Press (Canada)
  • Merrilee Proffitt, OCLC (USA)
  • Anjaneya Reddy '22, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (India)
  • Ellen Riney, Washington University in Saint Louis Libraries (USA)
  • Cassidy Sugimoto, Georgia Institute of Technology (USA)
  • Maria Stanton, Atla (USA) - Founder and Honorary Member

NISO Staff

  • Todd Carpenter, Executive Director
  • Mary Beth Barilla, Business Development
  • Kimberly Graham, Education Program Manager & DEIA Advocate
  • Nettie Lagace, Associate Executive Director
  • Keondra Bailey, Assistant Standards Program Manager

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