Equity, Justice, Inclusion, & Belonging


Committee Roster

Valarie Guagnini, Cambridge, Co-Chair (valarie DOT guagnini AT cambridge DOT org)
Clare Litt, Liverpool, Co-Chair (clare DOT litt AT liverpool DOT ac DOT uk)
Michael Baccam, Washington
Tara Cyphers, Ohio State
Kate Danser, Princeton
Craig Gill, Mississippi
Jason Gosnell, Marine Corps
Christie Henry, Princeton
Dominique Moore, Illinois
Wren Morgan Myers, Virginia
Porsha Perry, Library of Congress
Caitlin Tyler-Richards, Michigan State
Carmen Tiampo, British Columbia

Board Liaison
Saleem Dhamee, Chicago

Central Office Liaison
Brenna McLaughlin


General Objective: 

  • Support the development and implementation of programs and resources that uphold the Association’s core value of diversity and that increase equity, justice, and inclusion throughout the AUPresses community; prioritize support for BIPOC colleagues and those from other under-represented communities.

Specific Charges:

  1. Organize collaborations and events for members and work with other committees to embed equity, justice, and inclusion in their work. Sponsor up to three webinars with neurodiversity as a key topic, and continue the director activation sessions.
  2. Advance external engagement and collaboration, develop and hold a conference panel to share the Association’s experience on the international stage, and promote the importance of engagement with equity, justice, and inclusion to as wide an audience as possible.
  3. Complete the data and demographics toolkit/survey, release it to member presses, and investigate ways to analyze and utilize the data gathered. Publish the resources list on UPCommons and further develop and curate it.

Common Charges to All Committees of the Association:

  • Include your board and staff liaisons in all committee communications and activities.
  • Use UP Commons as your primary communications and collaboration tool.
  • Encourage discussions on appropriate UP Commons groups.
  • Coordinate all research and survey activity through the Central Office.
  • Seek opportunities to support the Association’s core value of diversity & inclusion by engaging in activities and developing programs that include participation from diverse members of the community and/or that aim to increase equity and inclusivity in our community.
  • Seek opportunities to support the goals of the Association’s 2016 membership restructuring by integrating into your committee activities the participation of colleagues from non-North American member presses.
  • Support the Annual Meeting Program Committee as requested, and include in your final report to the board any suggestions for future programming your committee identifies over the year.
  • Seek opportunities when conducting activities and events to recruit new members to serve on your committee in future years, being sure to emphasize diversity, equity, and inclusion in your efforts; include in your final report to the board discussion of your recruiting efforts; share with the Executive Director the names of potential future committee members.
  • Submit reports on Committee activities to the Association Board in time for its October, March, and June meetings. Interim reports are due on October 27, 2022, and March 20, 2023; final reports that recap all committee activities for the year and are shared with the membership are due May 25, 2023. (For convenience, please reproduce your Charge & Tasks at the beginning of all reports, and list the names and institutional affiliations of all committee members.)
  • Review your General Objective and Specific Tasks at the end of the service year and recommend changes for next year to the Executive Director.
Committee Projects

Community Read


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