Editor’s Note: Today’s post is by Niccole Coggins, Jocelyn Dawson, Melanie Dolechek, and Gisela Fosado.
When the Scholarly Kitchen posted “On Being Excluded: Testimonies by People of Color in Scholarly Publishing” (part I and part II) in April 2018, the posts quickly became some of the Kitchen’s most-read and most-shared content. The anonymous individuals who shared their stories made it clear that within the scholarly publishing industry, racism is pervasive, that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color experience real harm, and that the need for change is urgent. These testimonies, as well as surveys showing that our industry is overwhelmingly white, were front of mind when we identified the need for antiracism resources specific to scholarly publishing and submitted a proposal to the 2019 Triangle Scholarly Communications Institute (TSCI).
Those members of the AHRECS team who are members of minorities would prefer to be known for the merit of our ideas, rather than our identities, but there’s no question of the systemic barriers that need to be overcome.
Drawing on the structure and framework of the American Alliance of Museums’ guides for transgender inclusion, we, as the project organizers, identified a need for three toolkits:Drawing on the structure and framework of the American Alliance of Museums’ guides for transgender inclusion, we, as the project organizers, identified a need for three toolkits: