Background The Diversity and Inclusion Committee is responsible for creating and executing an ongoing diversity and inclusion strategy, including developing plans to collect data, deciding on metrics, and designing ways to execute it, finally presenting these bi-annually to the Board of Governors. An example of such an effort recently is that of developing and offering a survey to the ITSOC members about perceived and presented inclusiveness. This data has propelled recent efforts to broaden participation in ITSOC.
Diversity and inclusion include, but are not limited to, the issues of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, geography, seniority, or other personal characteristics not related to ability, performance, or qualifications. The Committee is charged with ensuring that IT Soc events and processes are inclusive, welcoming and safe for everyone in the field of information theory and with developing and overseeing codes of conduct and best practices for all Society activities, including conferences, schools, and committees.
Request Various aspects of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are being worked on by different parts of the Society beyond the D&I Committee (e.g., by the Membership Committee and its subcommittees, by the Conference Committee, by the Nominations and Appointments Committee, by the editors of society publications, and by the Publications Committee, among others). Please indicate any specific aspects of this committee’s focus in which you are interested in collaborating. The chair will look forward to working with you and helping to connect you with relevant ongoing efforts and/or on building on your new ideas! If you wish, when contacting the chair, please consider including any context on your own motivations and/or lived experience that you think would help you and the chair get your conversation started.
Requests will be forwarded to the chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.