Reviewing our journal’s actions for change
The International Journal of Art Therapy’s actions for change were developed in response to the calls of #BlackLivesMatter, following the murder of George Floyd during the Covid 19 pandemic, urging us all to re-examine the inclusivity of our institutions. Ten actions were made to begin this crucial process.
25 January 2024, 2pm-3:45pm
Free to everyone – bring art materials if you can
The journal’s equality, diversity and inclusion lead associate editors,Trish Bedford and Sarah Haywood are holding an online open consultation to review the impact of the journal’s actions for change with journal readers, reviewers, and authors.
We will briefly share with you the work we have done so far and get your thoughts on this, but primarily we want to hear from you. We want to know how you feel we are doing, what you identify as the ongoing and existing problems, and your visions for delivering, developing and strengthening our actions for change and ongoing anti-oppressive work at the journal.
We look forward to speaking with our journal readers, reviewers, and authors through this consultation.
About our actions for change
Our actions for change were developed in collaboration with the journal’s editorial board and a diverse group of members of the British Association of Art Therapists, and their colleagues, with a breadth of lived and clinical experience and who provided invaluable consultation.
We hoped the actions would support the identification of discrimination and systematic racism throughout the journal’s practices and barriers in academic publishing in general for those who may not fit the norm. We hoped they would begin an active addressing of issues of inequality, racism, and bias in all areas of the journal work, challenging non-inclusive trends and creating more diverse content, authorship, reviewer networks, and readership.