Equality and Diversity Statement – Adopted November 2017
BAAS is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. We accept diversity and equity in our organisational structures as valuable and consequential.
We welcome the wide range of experiences and viewpoints that all members bring to BAAS. All members BAAS are assured the right of equitable, fair and respectful treatment.
BAAS’s diversity initiatives are applicable—but not limited—to our practices and policies on conference and workshop programming, awards and our organisational governance structures. In all of our activities we aim for an intellectual and organisational environment built on the premise of gender and diversity equity.
We are currently working with our membership to identify issues relating to equality and diversity within BAAS and to formulate robust anti-harassment policies. To this end, the Association recently conducted a Membership Survey which can be accessed in full here. The survey was designed to investigate four specific issues: the demographic makeup of the American Studies community in the UK; gender inequality and sexual harassment; the health of the discipline; and what BAAS can do to support its members.
The Royal Historical Society has recently released comprehensive reports on race and gender inequality in UK Higher Education that we encourage BAAS members to read and engage with: