From Recognition to Action: Strategies for Developing Diversity Training for Editors

Editors play a crucial role in the publication process and are keystones to promoting an inclusive and respectful environment for their contributors. Recognizing that editors are the key to improving equity, diversity, and inclusivity in their journals and books, several publishers have developed formal diversity trainings or written resources for their editors. In this webinar, we will hear from publishers and subject matter experts as they recount their experiences and lessons learned in developing diversity and anti-bias training specifically for editors. 



Ana Heredia

Independent Consultant


Ana is a former researcher turned into STEM editorial and publishing, and open research infrastructure. Ana is a biologist by training, with a MSc in Neurosciences (France), a PhD in Sciences (Belgium), and two postdoctoral experiences in Brazil. In almost 10 years at Elsevier, Ana acted as a Research Advisor and a Research Intelligence Consultant, both in Latin America, and as an Acquisition and Publishing Editor, managing the Brazilian journal’s operation. She then joined ORCID as Regional Membership Director, and currently works as an independent consultant helping research organizations, governments and publishers in their strategic challenges with information management and analysis, strategic planning, open science, and research metrics. She is an active member of SSP, contributes to the NISO Plus Advisory Committee, and to C4DISC, and is particularly committed to open science (a PIDs enthusiast), inclusion and diversity in scholarly communication, and the responsible use of metrics in research evaluation.





Stephanie Pollack, 

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Lead

American Psychological Association


Stephanie (Steph) Pollock, MPS (she/her) is the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Lead, Journals, for APA Publishing. In this role she directs and implements EDI initiatives for the APA Journals program, working with APA governance and other groups outside of APA to improve equity and representation in science and scholarly publishing. With more than 11 years of experience in scholarly publishing and a master’s degree in publishing from The George Washington University, Steph is committed to improving equity in both the field of psychology and in the publishing industry. She is a co-author on the C4DISC Antiracism Toolkit for Organizations, a member of SSP’s DEIA Committee since 2018, and she led the creation of APA Publishing’s EDI Toolkit for Journal Editors.


Annie Hill

Editorial Director

American Psychological Association


Annie Hill (she/her) has more than 20 years of experience in scholarly publishing. As Editorial Director, Journals at the American Psychological Association, she oversees the strategic direction, editorial policy, and business operations for a portfolio of 89 journals. She is committed to equitable open science strategies and equity, diversity, and inclusion in publications.


Shaina Lange

Manager, Publication Ethics 

American Chemical Society


Shaina Lange (she/her) is Manager of the Publishing Integrity Office at ACS Publications. She oversees the strategy, policies, and activities to support research integrity across the ACS journals portfolio, with a focus on embedding ACS’ core value of diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) in the peer review and publishing processes. She is actively involved in the organization’s DEIR efforts as a member of the ACS Council for DEIR and Asian & Allies Affinity Group. She is passionate about making the scholarly communications industry a more inclusive and equitable space and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Society for Scholarly Publishing’s (SSP) DEIA Committee. Shaina holds a Master’s of Professional Studies in Publishing from the George Washington University and a Diversity & Inclusion Certificate from Cornell University. Prior to the ACS, Shaina worked in non-profit book publishing following several years in the special events industry.


Dr. Joseph Willaims

Associate Professor

University of Virginia

Affirm Consulting LLC, CEO


Joseph Williams is an Associate Professor of Education at the University of Virginia and associate editor of the Journal of Counseling and Development, the flagship journal for the counseling profession. His research interest focuses on anti-racist and social justice training practices for K-12 counselors, educators, administrators, and other helping professionals. Besides publishing scholarly articles and book chapters in these areas, he consults with school districts, universities, community organizations, state education agencies, and associations. In 2019, he started Affirm Consulting, LLC to improve equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts and engage people in productive dialogue and action.



This webinar is free, but please register.