SSA Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee
To ensure that the Statistical Society of Australia is diverse, equitable and inclusive, the Society established an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity Committee in March of 2021. This committee has been charged with making recommendations regarding how the SSA can ensure that it is a truly diverse and inclusive society.
The committee will be tasked with examining the processes and procedures already in place within the Society to determine what changes can be made to allow for greater diversity and inclusion, and making recommendations regarding those changes. Members of the committee are expected to serve for two years, and meetings take place every 6 weeks.
This committee is chaired by the current SSA President, and members are recruited from the SSA community.
The current members of the EDI committee are:
The EDI Committee is always looking for enthusiastic people to join the Committee. Please get in touch with Jessica Kasza, the SSA President, if you’d like more information.
Further, if there are any equity, diversity and inclusivity issues that you’d like the SSA to address, please get in touch. Any communication will be dealt with confidentially. You can email Jess, or our Executive Officer.
The Committee’s aims
The key questions that this committee will initially address are focussed in the areas of ensuring diversity and inclusivity within the SSA and Indigenous engagement. Some of these key questions that the EDI Committee seeks to address are:
The Committee’s work
A set of guidelines for Branches and Sections to follow to help ensure that their events are accessible and inclusive have been developed. These guidelines are available here. Please note that these will be updated from time to time. The current version of the guidelines was developed in April 2021.
The Committee has developed a statement expressing the support of the SSA for the trans and gender diverse community within the SSA, and more broadly. This statement also encourages all researchers to collect data on sex and gender in an inclusive way, and is available here.
At the end of 2021, the Committee ran a survey seeking the views of statisticians in Australia on the Society and equity, diversity and inclusivity issues. The report outlining the results of this survey and the actions that the Society will take as a result of this survey is available here.
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