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Statement Against Violence and Harassment

Monday, January 6, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Statement Against Violence and Harassment

Western States Communication Association (WSCA)



As the 2019-2020 Executive Officers of the WSCA, we release this statement against violence for the upcoming convention in Denver, CO from February 21-24, 2020.

Our announcement follows recent episodes at the 2019 National Communication Association’s (NCA) convention in Baltimore, MD.  The WSCA officers collectively show our support to NCA members who continue to perform social justice and inclusivity as organizational values. Learning from those incidents, we reiterate our position against violence and harassment. As adopted in February 2018, “The WSCA opposes acts of violence against all individuals regardless of differences; the WSCA opposes all that discriminates, prohibits, and/or restricts individuals’ expression and movements based on essentialized differences; and the WSCA opposes policies or actions that undermine or restrict diversity” (Statement on Anti-Discrimination & Diversity). As such, the WSCA will not tolerate any form of physical intimidation, harassment, stalking, and/or verbal assault that perpetuates violence any individual, particularly individuals from historically marginalized groups.

All convention attendees shall engage in accordance with the ethical and respectful practices outlined in our Anti-Discrimination & Diversity statement.  Individuals other than designated WSCA photographers must receive verbal consent from presenters to videotape, photograph, and/or record during panel and paper sessions.  

We look forward to seeing all our convention attendees. Have safe travels to Denver.

Rodney Reynolds, President

Marnel Niles Goins, President-Elect

Christina G. Yoshimura, First Vice-President

Shinsuke Eguchi, Second Vice-President

Brian Heisterkamp, Immediate Past President

Michelle A. Holling, Past President

Sara E. Hayden, Incoming Executive Director

Heather Hundley, Executive Director



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