ISLE Responds to the Call for Social and Environmental Justice
Editor-in-Chief, ISLE (July 1995 – June 2020)
As incoming Editors-in-Chief of ISLE, we are committed to publishing cutting-edge scholarly and creative works engaged with the intersection of environmental, social, and racial justice. We are dedicated to working actively to ensure and enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion. We commit to taking deliberate action and making consistent efforts to include a diversity of scholars, practitioners, and writers in ISLE’s pages.
Critical examinations of literary and cultural representations of racism and anti-racism, the disparate impact of environmental hazards on communities of color, and historical, ongoing, and rising inequalities in income, access to resources, and public health will continue to engage ISLE readers in thinking about and in working to address structural inequities and uneven development. Creative expressions will engage these topics as well and encourage ISLE readers to consider the necessary daily work of confronting all forms of racism and injustice. We begin our work as Editors understanding that we must confront institutionalized racism in order to enact positive ecological and social change. The two issues are intertwined.
Jennifer Westerman & Christina Gerhardt
Incoming Editors-in-Chief, ISLE