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Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion


The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services supports library and information science workers in creating safe, responsible, and all-inclusive spaces that serve and represent the entire community. To accomplish this, we decenter power and privilege by facilitating conversations around access and identity as they impact the profession and those we serve. We use a social justice framework to inform library and information science workers' development of resources. We strive to create an association culture where these concerns are incorporated into everybody's everyday work. 

Diversely Owned Businesses*

ALA's Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services has compiled a selection of minority, women, and LGBTQ-owned businesses that attendees may wish to explore while in Seattle for the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits.  We have focused primarily on places in close geographic proximity to the Washington State Convention Center so this is not an exhaustive list of the city's diversely-owned businesses. You can click on each of the blue pins to learn more about each business including directions.  

If there is a business or organization you think we should add to our map, please e-mail your suggestion to diversity@ala.org.

Other resources that may be of interest include the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, The Foodways Project, and Ethnic Seattle

*Information sourced from Intentionalist

Indigenous Tribes of Seattle and Washington

The American Library Association would like to acknowledge the indigenous history of Seattle, and more broadly, Washington, and recognize the 29 federally recognized tribes throughout Washington state, as well as the Duwamish, Wanapum, and Chinook, who are not federally recognized. 

Visit the ALA website to learn more about the indigenous communities of the region.