Diversity Caucus

The ASLE Diversity Caucus is a community dedicated to increasing and supporting the demographic and disciplinary diversity, and to addressing issues of equity and inclusion, in the association.  Its goals are evolving to meet the needs and interests of a wide variety of ASLE members. The Caucus recently formed an Access Initiative Working Group to promote the organization’s accessibility. As a first task, this working group has produced a set of Access Guidelines for the biennial ASLE conference.

The Diversity Caucus is open to all members of the ASLE community.  It meets in person at the Biennial ASLE conference and communicates between the conferences using the ASLE Diversity Caucus Listserve, the ASLE Diversity Caucus Blog, and ad-hoc working groups.

Among the many ways to become involved in the work of the Diversity Caucus:

  • Organize an off-year symposium on a topic of diversity: perhaps an environmental justice conference or a queer studies and the environment conference?
  • Offer to be a liaison with other organizations and help build mutually productive alliances. Are you involved with an organization using a diversity initiative from which ASLE can learn? Do you belong to an organization that engages with a different disciplinary or demographic audience than ASLE?  Liaisons in the past have organized panels on ecocriticism or environmental writing at the conferences of other associations or worked to bring members of other associations to ASLE.  This includes incorporating voices and perspectives from outside of the United States. Creative approaches are appreciated.
  • Organize a panel for the next biennial conference on a topic related to issues of justice, equity, access, or inclusion. Invite new people to an ASLE conference.
  • Join the conversation at the Diversity Caucus Blog either through commenting on existing posts or becoming a contributor. 

To learn more about the work of the Diversity Caucus or join the Diversity Caucus email list please contact Sarah Wald at sarahdwald@gmail.com.