Systemic issues are part of the daily dialogue in the world these days. Whether it be eradicating system poverty, dismantling systemic racism, upsetting the systemic patriarchy – systemic is important. Surface changes doesn’t make a difference to those before or after, only in the moment. This is true in society and organizations. This interesting topic came to us from The Scholarly Kitchen in their article, “In Search of Equity and Justice: Reimagining Scholarly Communication.”

2020 and COVID-19 has given us the opportunity to pause and we need to determine in what we way we can deliver a fundamental shift in the way we function in our organizations and society that is as much about people as it is policies.

Today’s challenges reach far beyond discrimination and marginalization in the workplace, and they are not new. They have been going on for centuries, and daily we are identifying organizations and people who have and continue to play a role in perpetuating it.

Scholarly and academic institutions/organizations seem like the place to start making changes. After all, aren’t they the ones with all the educated professionals?

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.