The Antiracism Toolkit for Organizations

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The Antiracism Toolkit for Organizations

Jocelyn Dawson, Duke University Press Damita Snow, American Society of Civil Engineers Randy Townsend, American Geophysical Union; George Washington University Kerry Webb, University of Texas Press (Moderator)

GW Ethics in Publishing Conference 2021

Antiracism Toolkit for Organizations The Antiracism Toolkit for Organizations provides tools for understanding institutionalized racism, broadening hiring and recruiting practices, working to correct bias, including historically excluded perspectives in decision-making, measuring the impact of DEI efforts, and creating affinity groups and mentorship programs. In this session, attendees will learn practical ways to transform the scholarly publishing workplace by implementing inclusive policies, procedures, and norms and will learn why we need to move beyond a diversity mindset to an actively antiracist mindset. Attendees will come away with a better understanding of how systemic racism manifests in the field of publishing, how to make equity work effective and sustainable, and how to recruit and retain BIPOC staff.

Jocelyn Dawson is the journals and collections marketing manager at Duke University Press. She has served on committees of AUPresses and the Society for Scholarly Publishing and is a previous member of the SSP’s Board of Directors. She serves on SSP’s DEI committee, plays an active role in E&I efforts at Duke UP, and has authored pieces on inclusion topics for The Scholarly Kitchen. She co-leads the Toolkits for Equity project to develop antiracism guides for scholarly publishing. Twitter:jocelyndawson71

Damita Snow, CAE, is the senior manager for publishing technologies at the American Society of Civil Engineers where she manages the publications content of the corporate website as well as the Society’s online library of publications, ASCE Library. She is also in charge of all aspects of maintaining the user interface of ASCE Library and serves on ASCE’s Communications, Cooperation, and Culture Committee. She is also the immediate past chair of ASCE’s Staff Diversity and Inclusion Council, a group that she founded and developed within ASCE. She co-chairs the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for the Society for Scholarly Publishing and is an AM&P Network Association Council board member. She also co-chairs the Publications Special Interest Group for the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives and was the co-chair for their 2021 Annual Meeting. Last of all, Damita is a current member of the Ethics in Artificial Intelligence Content Creation Task Force for the American Society of Association Executives.

Randy Townsend, MPS, has dedicated 15 years to scholarly publishing. He has been a steadfast leader in providing oversight to allegations of misconduct and ethical considerations. Randy sits on the Board for the Society of Scholarly Publishing, the Advisory Board for the AM&P Network’s Association’s Council, is the Chair for the Council of Science Editor’s Webinar Subcommittee, and on the International Society of Managing and Technical Editor’s Programming Committee. Randy is also the inaugural EIC for the GW Journal of Ethics in Publishing and an Associate Professor of the MPS in Publishing program at George Washington University.

Kerry Webb is the Senior Acquisitions Editor at the University of Texas Press for Latinx/Chicanx studies, and Latin American studies. She is also the co-lead along with Ale Mejia on the upcoming Toolkit for BIPOC People in Scholarly Publishing.

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