We hope you are making plans to join us for an informative and engaging virtual experience during the 2021 MLA vConference. The National Program Committee has planned an impactful virtual meeting to inspire us in “Transforming Our Diversifying Communities.” Although we were faced with a pandemic and unable to meet in person in Washington, D.C., the committee members responded by pivoting and embraced the challenge of ensuring members and friends have opportunities to raise our consciousness levels with diversity, equity, and inclusion interwoven throughout our many sessions.
A selection of diverse speakers is scheduled for our keynote lectures. The meeting content includes some best next steps to ensure our members and attendees are part of, and fully engaged in, moving MLA along the continuum of progress for all members through our caucuses, domain hubs, and committees. For this year’s service project, we have partnered with Community of Hope, an organization focused on addressing health, housing, and literacy concerns by caring for families, improving lives, and leading change. We are anticipating 100% participation from our members and affiliates.
There will be a robust offering of accessible content that will keep you engaged in your preferred areas of practice. There are also networking events for you to connect with longtime colleagues and meet new ones, opportunities for interactive conversations with our invited speakers, fun social events, and activities. Programming includes immersion sessions that will bring new ideas and perspectives to the forefront; paper and poster sessions, lightning talks, and live vendor days; and virtual exhibits with on-demand visits with exhibitors. Join us for pre-conference events as well; you do not want to miss them!
Mark your calendars now for all the great sessions, speakers, and events happening from May 10 through May 27, 2021. We are excited and look forward to engaging with you!
Tara Douglas-Williams, AHIP – Co-Chair, 2021 National Planning Committee
Neville Prendergast – Co-Chair, 2021 National Planning Committee