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Education: SGA Workshops and Continuing Education Opportunities


The Society of Georgia Archivists is committed to providing educational opportunities to its members as well as archivists around the region. SGA typically sponsors an annual workshop in the spring or summer and another in the fall in conjunction with the SGA Annual Meeting. For more information about the work of the Education Committee, please contact Mike Santrock at

The Intersectional DEI Workshop

Wednesday, October 26, 2022, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Location: Jekyll Island Club, 371 Riverview Dr., Jekyll Island, GA  31527

This workshop is in a hybrid format. It will include both in-person and virtual options.

This workshop is for archivists, librarians and managers who want to increase their understanding on how to implement DEI initiatives into their institutions or departments. This four-hour workshop will show participants how to make small changes that lead to big DEI initiatives. Each hour will focus on a different aspect of DEI, we will discuss why DEI is important, how to identify and address environmental factors that work against DEI efforts and highlighting the intersectional nature of DEI efforts and explaining how to look beyond gender or race when thinking about DEI initiatives. Participants will walk away from the webinar with real-world tools for how to address a variety of scenarios as well as a reading list, glossary of terms, and a reference list of where to turn for more help. Through role playing and discussion participants will have the opportunity to try out the concepts discussed over the course of the workshop.

Michelle Ganz is the Director of Archives for the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Over the course of her career, she has been speaking and writing about DEI and the intersectionality of accessibility. Michelle was a part of the SAA’s push to create guidelines for accessibility in archives as well as a founding member of the Accessibility & Disability Section. As a mixed race, disabled, bi woman from small town Ohio Michelle is intimately aware of how a lack of diversity can lead to siloed thinking. Over the course of her career Michelle has worked to help people avoid the scenarios that she has faced as a professional and as a person. Michelle received her MLIS from the University of Arizona and her Bachelors in Medieval literature from the Ohio State University. 

Register here.

Radical Archiving

Wednesday, October 26, 2022, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Location: Jekyll Island Club, 371 Riverview Dr., Jekyll Island, GA 31527

This workshop is in a hybrid format. It will include both in-person and virtual options. 

Our bodies are containers of truth and culture that shape our social world. How do we extend what we know about archives to the preservation of embodied knowledge in Black performance communities underrepresented in the archives? This workshop explores radical archiving methods, strategies, and practitioners doing the work. Explore when archiving becomes a radical act; what it's like to work with politically radical collections, and how to identify, organize, and catalog radical archives by preserving anarachival materiality. 

Radical Archiving shares some good practices when preserving performance-based movement cultures from documenting soundscapes, producing oral histories, looking in the margins, to preparing living collections for repositories. The workshop will start with some archival theories at the base of these practices; followed by an overview of radical archivists and collections; and end with a discussion of radical archiving strategies.

Dr. shady Radical is a performance archivist and founder of The Radical Archive of Preservation.

Her practice combines ritual with resistance to support the production and preservation of movement practices found in Black communities. Often, she uses exhibition and live performance to pull anarchival material out of traditional archives to activate silences and erasures attributed to forms of subjugation.  As a project-based archivist, Dr. Radical works with performance-based collections in identifying archival material, organizing, cataloging, describing, and facilitating transfers to institutional archives.  

Dr. Radical has worked with companies like Ballethnic Dance Company, Tyler Perry Studios, and Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Costumes, as well as independent artists like Designer Derron Cherry. She recently completed a PhD in Moving Image Studies at Georgia State University and has also earned an M.A. in Curatorial Studies from New York University and B.A. in Art History from The College of Saint Elizabeth; and an A.A. in Fashion Marketing.  Dr. Radical is a certified archivist and serves as Assistant Chair for Society of Georgia Archivists’ Education Committee.  As of August 2022, Dr. Radical teaches Art History as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Spelman College. 

Register here.

Questions: Please contact Mike Santrock, Chair, SGA Education Committee, at

Visit our History section for a listing of past workshops.

View SGA's Scholarships page for funding opportunities for various continuing education activities, such as SGA workshops, the SGA Annual Meeting, the SAA Annual Meeting, and the Georgia Archives Institute.

Another great way to get involved with professional development is to participate in SGA's Mentoring Program.


Interested in pursuing a career in archives and records management?

Read So You Want to be an Archivist? An Overview of the Archives Profession

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