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Wednesday, April 14 • 9:05am - 9:45am
Opening Plenary: Let's Get Uncomfy Together: A Conversation About Diversity, Internationalization and Enacting Meaningful Change at AMIA Today and Beyond

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Moderated by AMIA board members Juana Suárez and Andrea Leigh, this opening plenary will be a frank exchange between colleagues about the present state of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in our field, while visioning solutions to unroot the systemic inequities in our institutions in the near and not so distant future.  In 2016 AMIA hosted its first plenary on diversity, inclusion, and equity. The panelists challenged our membership to put DEI at the center of all aspects of our work as moving image archivists - from curation, to collection development, to hiring practices and beyond. In the five years since, much has been accomplished but more needs to be done to support the needs of groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in our field. So, in 2021 the work continues. We have learned that conversations about diversity are not always easy, but we ALL should share the responsibility to overcome our discomfort and engage in open and honest discussions if we’re going to affect meaningful, sustainable, and lasting change.

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Andrea Leigh

Moving Image Processing Unit Head, Library of Congress
Andrea Leigh is Moving Image Processing Unit Head at the Library of Congress National Audio Visual Conservation Center. Previously, she was a cataloger at the UCLA Film & Television Archive from 2000-2008, and held technical service positions at the UCLA Library, Cal State University... Read More →
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Juana Suarez

Juana Suárez is the Director of the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program at New York University (NYU MIAP). She is a media preservation specialist and a scholar in Latin American Cinema. She holds a Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from Arizona State University, and... Read More →
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Pamela Vizner Oyarce

Consultant, AVP
Pamela is a media archivist from Chile with international experience in film, video, audio and digital preservation. Pamela currently works as a Consultant for the firm AVP, where she focuses on digital preservation, technology selection and implementation, and management of software... Read More →
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Michael Pazmino

UCLA Film & Television Archive
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Michael Pazmino received his BA from the University of California, Berkeley in Film and Media Studies where he discovered his passion for audiovisual archiving through an internship at the Pacific Film Archive. He went on to attend UCLA’s Moving Image... Read More →

Wednesday April 14, 2021 9:05am - 9:45am PDT
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