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Summer Series: DEIA in the Scholarly Landscape

Summer Series: DEIA in the Scholarly Landscape

May 2024

NISO is excited to introduce the DEIA in the Scholarly Landscape training series for 2024. This series is designed to support individuals at all stages of their Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) journey, particularly as it relates to scholarly publishing and academic libraries. Whether you are just beginning your DEIA work or you are an experienced leader, this training series offers valuable opportunities for growth and development.

The series addresses several key topics:

  • Expanding representation in the scholarly publishing industry.
  • Understanding the risks and opportunities of artificial intelligence (AI) concerning DEIA.
  • Implementing standards and processes to promote equity.
  • Addressing past harms and deconstructing inequitable systems.

Each session features expert guest speakers sharing their insights and experiences. Attendees will have the chance to engage in collaborative discussions, strategize with peers, and learn actionable steps to advance DEIA within their organizations.

Training Facilitators

Steph Pollock (she/her) will co-facilitate the series with Damita Snow (she/her). Both share extensive DEIA leadership experience in the scholarly publishing industry and beyond. Steph has led significant equity and inclusion initiatives, including APA’s EDI Toolkit for Journal Editors and the Editorial Fellowship program. She is also a co-author of the C4DISC Antiracism Toolkit for Organizations and a member of the Association of American Publishers' DEI Practitioner Network. Damita Snow has worked on several C4DISC Toolkits for Equity, was co-lead of the Antiracism Toolkit for Organizations, is a member of the 2023 Workforce Equity Survey committee and is an immediate past co-chair of the SSP Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Committee. Snow is also an SSP Board member, ASAE Black Association Executives Board member and former Advisory Board member of AMP Network Associations Council.

Guest Speakers

Guest speakers bringing their knowledge, resources, and insights to this training series include:

  • Atinuke Adediran (Fordham University)
  • Sabrina Ashwell (American Chemical Society)
  • Cristina Bartolomei (American Chemical Society)
  • Rebecca Benner (Society for Scholarly Publishing Early-Career Committee Co-Chair)
  • Carlos Cardenas (National Board Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists)
  • Samantha Evans (International Association of Accessibility Professionals)
  • David Glasgow (Meltzer Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, NYU School of Law)
  • Racquel Jemison (American Chemical Society)
  • Christina Joseph (Meltzer Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, NYU School of Law)
  • Shaina Lange (American Society of Nephrology and C4DISC DEIA Committee Co-Chair)
  • Chelsea Lee (American Psychological Society)
  • Christina MacLaughlin (American Chemical Society)
  • Paulomi Majumder (American Chemical Society)
  • Monica Dillingham Pemberton (American Council on Education and Association Women Technology Champions Board Member)
  • Dianndra Roberts (Royal College of Psychiatry and Scholarly Kitchen Chef)

Session Dates & Topics

The eight segments, each lasting 90 minutes, are scheduled for Thursdays as follows:

  • June 6, 2024: Setting Expectations: A DEIA Primer
  • June 13, 2024: Expanding Pathways to Publishing Careers
  • June 20, 2024: Bias in AI: Threats and Opportunities
  • June 27, 2024: Inclusive Language
  • July 11, 2024: DEIA in Peer Review
  • July 18, 2024: Accessibility in Metadata
  • July 25, 2024: Advancing DEIA Work in the Current Legal Climate
  • August 1, 2024: Building an EDI Action Plan

Join us for this dynamic and interactive series to gain valuable insights, expand your network, and take actionable steps toward advancing DEIA in your organization.