C4DISC Updates: New CALJ Representative and Release of Antiracism Toolkit

Dawn Roche, Journal of Ocean Technology, is our new CALJ/ACRS representative on the C4DISC Steering Committee. 

C4DISC is a community comprised of consortial groups such as societies and associations whose membership is composed of individuals, companies, or organizations, and whose mission and membership are related to scholarly communications. The Coalition was formed to discuss and address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within our industry.

The Steering Committee handles policy and financial decisions and manages working groups. 

C4DISC Releases Antiracism Toolkit for Organizations

"A new diversity, equity, and inclusion resource for scholarly publishing professionals, the Antiracism Toolkit for Organizations was published today by Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications (C4DISC) and Toolkits for Equity in Scholarly Publishing project volunteers. A cross-organizational effort, the toolkit is the second in a series of three focused on antiracism; additional toolkits focus on antiracism resources for allies (launched August 2020) and for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (forthcoming).

The Antiracism Toolkit for Organizations focuses on helping organizations transform their workplace culture through the lens of antiracism and equity. This toolkit is for organizations to understand institutionalized racism, to better support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) staff, to model antiracist leadership, build structure around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) work, and create policies and procedures that address inequities, disparities, and racist systems. 

Project co-leader, Damita Snow adds, 'There are many organizations working on DEI and we wish for the toolkit to be a resource for them no matter where they are in the process. We do not answer every question out there, but we hope to assist in some way. We certainly considered our audience in the writing of the toolkit. We had an incredible group of more than 40 diverse volunteers who did so much to complete the document and who determined the topics to be addressed as well as completing the research to present accurate information and reading what others wrote to ensure that we had a unified voice. I am beyond pleased at how the final document turned out.'"

LINK TO TOOLKIT

* Source: C4Disc Announcement, August 25, 2021

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