Upcoming Events

Join the Open Source Community Call co-hosted by FORCE11, Dryad, and eLife on July 8th, 8:30am PDT, 11:30am EDT, 4:30pm BST)

Innovators share the latest updates and opportunities in research communication and publishing. Representatives from projects present in a ‘lightning talk’ format, 10 minutes or less, to share about projects and communities that are emerging or underway, so we can learn more about available open resources, where we can engage or contribute and consider where collaboration can contribute to the path forward.

July 2021 – Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

In July 2021, presenters will focus on topics of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in research communications.

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Upcoming Member and Partner Events

The following events are hosted by C4DISC Members and Partners. Please contact if you are a C4DISC Member or Partner and have an upcoming diversity, equity, or inclusion-themed event you would like to have posted.

Past Events


Intersectionality: Considering Identity When Working Towards a More Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Future

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 | 11:00 am–12:00 pm EDT

As individuals, we are never just one identity, and the concept of intersectionality highlights how multiple, overlapping identities—for example, race, class, gender, and sexuality—contribute to the ways in which marginalized groups of people experience discrimination. In this webinar, we’ll ask how this layering of identities impacts our experience of and contribution to our working environment. Join us as we explore what intersectionality means, how it can shape our professional experience, and what we can do to better support ourselves and our colleagues. 


Laura Martin is Senior Project and Change Manager at Wiley, where she co-chairs the Women of Wiley Employee Resource Group. She has written about the importance of inclusion in delivering business change that “sticks” in The Scholarly Kitchen and is on the SSP Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Laura has worked in strategy and business change roles in academic publishing for over eight years and is passionate about cultivating a cross-functional and inclusive approach to transformational business change. Laura lives in Oxford, UK.


Axelle Ahanhanzo is Customer Success Manager at Elsevier, where she has been working for the past three years. Next to her work, she volunteers as the co-leader and co-founder of Embrace, an Elsevier Employee Resource Group (ERG) focused on race and ethnicity. She holds a BA in modern languages and European studies from the University of Birmingham (UK), an MSc in corporate communication from the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and a certificate in DE & I in the workplace from the University of South Florida Muma College of Business.

Andolyn Medina is a naval officer, currently in her third year of her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at George Washington University. In 2017, she graduated with her MA in forensic psychology, summa cum laude, and in August 2020, she received her MPsy in clinical psychology. In addition to being a full-time student, Andolyn is also seeing patients via teletherapy.

She’s committed to combatting human trafficking while promoting, educating and bringing awareness to this billion-dollar industry to schools, businesses, administrators, law enforcements, and parents. Medina is currently a volunteer with FAIR (Free, Aspire, Inspire and Restore) Girls, where she conducts presentations, webinars, and training and provides resources to victims. She’s actively involved with national organizations such as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and National Center for Victims of Crime, as well as the Georgia-based national initiative Demand an End. She’s an active member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. (Xi Omega Chapter) and enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her puppy, Knowles, who is named after Beyonce.

Derek Victor (pronouns: he/him) is a cisgender, white, queer, disabled educator, writer and activist based in Ireland. He works with academic and corporate organisations on anti-prejudice activities, with a focus on the experiences of students and workers with disabilities, neurodiversities, learning differences, and mental health differences. He also offers training on the intersection of protected, marginalized, and privileged identities and the practices on diversity and inclusion through the lens of disability. He also works as a communications consultant, combining his knowledge of intersectionality, his background in biology and linguistics, and his talent for storytelling to help people in academia and industry to get their message across in a contemporary way.


Quiet Leadership: Discovering the New Strategic Advantage and the Hidden Talent in Your Organization

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 | 11:00 am ET

“A leader is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind,” wrote Nelson Mandela in his autobiography. In the United States, leadership is closely connected to charisma and visibility. If you are not visible, you are not a leader. In many other parts of the world, especially in Asian cultures, leadership is not about being visible. It is the opposite: quietly doing your work and assuming that rewards will come. Can tacit assumptions about leadership lead to different outcomes regarding who occupies top leadership positions in corporate America and other organizations? What is the reason that despite founding one-fourth of firms in Silicon Valley during the technology boom, Asian Americans are still perceived as not “leadership material?” The evidence suggests that Asian Americans, a mere 5% of the U.S population, have contributed a significantly high proportion of entrepreneurs and innovators. But they practice a form of quiet or invisible leadership because of an unconscious, deeprooted cultural assumption that leadership is about enabling and empowering, not about bringing attention to oneself and shining. Based on Dr. Thatchenkery’s new book on this topic, the talk will highlight the leadership contributions of Asian Americans in organizational settings. It will show that empowering such invisible leaders can create meaningful and positive change in organizations.


Dr. Tojo ThatchenkeryGeorge Mason University

Tojo Thatchenkery (PhD, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University) is an internationally known speaker, consultant, and educator. He is professor and director of the Organization Development and Knowledge Management program at George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia. He is the author of over a dozen books and hundreds of articles. Thatchenkery has extensive consulting experience in change management, leadership development, organization design and strategy, diversity, and knowledge management.

His research and consulting also focus on Asian Americans and organizational mobility. Starting with his special issue of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences on this topic, he is one of the first researchers to analyze the human and social capital dynamics unique to Asian Americans in federal agencies and corporate America. Thatchenkery has over 25 years of experience in teaching at various public policy, MBA, organization development, and executive development programs in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

Produced by the Society for Scholarly Publishing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. 

Creating an Inclusive Culture

ALPSP | March 2-3, 2021 | Registration Fee Applies
Improving diversity and inclusivity can seem daunting, as the issues are so varied and best practice is not yet clear. This practical course will help you understand how to develop and implement a successful diversity and inclusion strategy, as well as providing advice on handling workplace bias and discrimination. Diversity and inclusion have never been higher on the news and social agenda, and this course will help delegates understand how to take practical steps to improve inclusion.

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Navigating International Communication in Scholarly Publishing

ISMTE | March 19, 2021 | Free

Scholarly publishing requires cooperation from researchers, editors, and journal staff around the globe. This session draws on the experiences of three panelists who have worked in editorial offices in various parts of the world. Attendees will learn about cultural differences in etiquette and how to build strong relationships internationally.

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