Working Groups

The Steering Committee will create working groups to carry out C4DISC initiatives. Each working group will have an appointed member-liaison and a lead (or 2); individuals will be invited to join via a general call for volunteers. Working groups will be announced on our website and through our social media accounts.

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Current Working Groups

Now Recruiting Volunteers

Communications and Outreach
Lead(s): Mia Ricci, Wiley and Tricia Miller, Annual Reviews
Start Date: October 1, 2020 – Status: In Progress

***Currently looking for people with video editing, PR, and/or social media experience.

The communications and outreach working group will develop press releases, articles, social media posts, presentations, and more to let our community know about the work C4DISC is doing and to recruit additional members, partners, volunteers, and donors.

Members: Mia Ricci, Megan Seyler, Rima Isaifan, Nadia Dawood, Tricia Miller, Laura Martin, Divya Nair, Lauren Collister, Bev Acreman, Alice Meadows, and Rebecca McLeod

In Progress

Inclusive Language and Image Guidelines for Scholarly Communications

Interim Lead(s): Brian E. Giblin, Wiley

Status: In Progress

The Inclusive Language and Image Guidelines Working Group will assess current practices across the industry and will then develop guidelines to help all authors, editors, and reviewers recognize the use of language and images that are inclusive and culturally sensitive. The guidelines will serve as a global tool and educational resource that can be used by individuals, institutions, and publishers. By addressing the various forms of conscious/unconscious bias and discrimination currently found in published research, the intent of this working group will be to set an industry standard that promotes proactive inclusive writing habits going forward.

Members: Closed

Antiracism Toolkit for Organizations
Lead(s): Jocelyn Dawson, Duke University Press and Damita Snow, American Society of Civil Engineers
Start Date: January 14, 2021- Status: In Progress

The Antiracism Toolkit for Organizations will provide tools for understanding institutionalized racism, broadening hiring and recruiting, working to correct bias, including historically marginalized perspectives in decision making, developing retention plans and a more inclusive pipeline, and creating affinity groups and mentorship programs.

Members: Closed

Antiracism Toolkit for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color
Lead(s): Niccole Leilanionapae‘aina Coggins, University of Virginia Press and Kerry Webb, The University of Texas Press
Start Date: January 14, 2021 – Status: In Progress

The Antiracism Toolkit for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color will provide advice on safely navigating predominantly white spaces that may feel exclusionary, i.e., building mentorship relationships, expanding career paths, advocating for change, and self-care.

Members: Closed

Past Working Groups

No past working groups at this time.