Diversity, Equity and Inclusion A BISG Town Hall


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion A BISG Town Hall

On October 21, 2020, the Book Industry Study Group convened professionals from across the book publishing supply chain to present action plans to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in their organizations and beyond.

The presentations focused on possible solutions to the complex issue of DEI in book publishing with the intention of spurring continued discussion in the future. BISG hopes to continue to bring together different partners across the supply chain to confront these issues.

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The page above includes links to written remarks from the participants below with asterisks. Please note: unfortunately there were significant audio issues with Michael Mejias’ presentation. You can see his remarks here: https://cdn.ymaws.com/bisg.org/resource/resmgr/bisg_dei_town_hall_-_michael.pdf

The town hall featured:
Andrew Savikas, CEO of getAbstract, Chair of the BISG Board of Directors
Tracie D. Hall, Executive Director of the American Library Association
*April Powers, Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
*Angela Bole, CEO of Independent Book Publishers Association
*Ellen Bush, Chair of the Association of University Presses’ Equity, Justice, and Inclusion Committee
*Andrea Weinzimer, SVP of Human Resources for Hachette Book Group
*Nicole Johnson, Executive Director of We Need Diverse Books
*Michael Mejias, founder of the Writers House Intern Program and Founding Member of Inkluded
Kathleen Reid, VP and Commercial Leader of Medical Learning at Elsevier and BISG Board Vice Chair
Kelvin Watson, Director of Broward County Libraries Division and BISG Board Secretary

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In this episode, Jose and Charlie speak with Dr. Fiona Lee and Diana Lizarraga about the role of diversity and inclusion (D&I) in academia and the workplace. They discuss common definitions and misconceptions, social impact of taking action and advocacy, and ongoing research in the areas of gender inequality and technoinclusion.

Dr. Fiona Lee received her phD from Stanford University and is currently working as a People Research Scientist at Pinterest.

Diana Lizarraga has been working at UC Berkeley (Cal) for 17 years where she has grown to run multiple STEM programs. In the next few months, Diana plans to finish her educational doctorate at UC Davis, her research created a new educational theory called technoInclusion.