Task Force on Gender, Equity, and Cultures of Respect

2018-2019

Task Force Roster

Christie Henry, Princeton, Chair (christie_henry AT press DOT princeton DOT edu)
Allyson Carter, Arizona
Lyndsey Claro, Princeton
Dawn Durante, Illinois
Gisela Fosado, Duke
Ana Jimenez-Moreno, Ohio State
Parneshia Jones, Northwestern
Levi Stahl, Chicago
Chistian Winting, Columbia

Board Liaison
Jennifer Crewe, Columbia

Central Office Liaison
Peter Berkery

Central Office Support
Brenna McLaughlin, Susan Patton

Charge

General Objectives:

  • Assess the full range of gender-related issues facing both the community and its individual members, including their authors, reviewers, vendors, etc., with a focus on those issues unique to university press publishing, and recommend policies, programs, and resources that increase gender-equity, confront hostility, and foster respect

Specific Charges to the Task Force on Gender, Equity, and Cultures of Respect:

  • Conduct an environmental scan to identify the problems presses face with regard to creating a culture of respect in all aspects of the publishing process and to understand current practices among member presses and across scholarly communications with respect to both sexual harassment and gender-equity
  • Identify activities unique to university press publishing within the remit of the Task Force (these include, but need not be limited to: author ethics and how to confront bad behaviour; conference attendance and staff in the field; gender balance among staff, authors, peer reviewers, blurbers, faculty committees, and in marketing materials)
  • Draft a model code of conduct or position paper that articulates the Association’s values with respect to gender-equity and creating environments of respect
  • Create a list of external resources members might consult to address gender-equity and sexual harassment issues which may fall outside the guidance issued by a member’s parent institution
  • Recommend programs and resources to nurture cultures of respect at individual member presses and within the university press community
  • Make such other related recommendations as the Task Force deems appropriate
  • Coordinate as necessary with the Task Force (Committee, as of October 2018) on Equity, Inclusion, and Justice to ensure consistency and minimize duplication of effort
  • In coordination with the Executive Director, consult with the Association’s general counsel as necessary in order to understand the legal implications of any proposed recommendations
  • Submit a final report by May 17, 2019 for consideration by the Association’s board of directors at its June meeting