Two changes to the IPS standing rules have been approved by the IPS Council. Both of these changes reflect the growing importance that our organization is placing on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI).
The first change elevates the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Working Group to the status of a standing committee.
The second change requires conference bidders to include a statement on EDI, and also requests that conference keynote speakers reflect the diversity of IPS.
Both of these changes were spurred by an open letter sent to the IPS leadership In light of the discussions following the 2022 IPS conference site selection. In that letter, invested IPS members addressed concerns regarding EDI and proposed a plan of action.
These votes make the rule changes necessary to pursue that plan of action. Other items in the letter will be taken up by the EDI standing committee. All interested IPS members are invited to join that committee and help move that work forward.
The IPS leadership would like to thank the letter writers for working constructively to help us build a better IPS.