Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy


US Foreign Policy Working Group: EDI Policy

Approved at the September 5 2018 Annual General Meeting at LJMU, Liverpool

This policy sets out the responsibilities of USFP Group conveners in terms of equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) within the Group. It recognises that poor gender and BAME diversity represents a reputational risk to the group and the conference; understands that EDI criteria are increasingly attached as conditionalities to funding; and affirms the Group’s commitment to improving all aspects of EDI, with particular emphasis on gender diversity of the membership and conference participation. 

The USFP Group affirms its commitment to EDI as defined and articulated by the the Equality Challenge Unit of Advance HE: https://www.ecu.ac.uk/.   

Supported by the outgoing convener, incoming convener, and treasurer, it shall be the responsibility of the primary convener to: 

  • Take active steps to promote the conference to new audiences, including by: 

  • inviting keynotes and encouraging submissions from perspectives and disciplines that promote the diversification of the group and conference (e.g. feminist foreign policy; post-colonial studies’; critical/intersectional perspectives); 

  • promoting the conference to mailing lists and associations that are likely to promote diversity in participation. 

  • Ensure that there are funding streams that promote diversity in all areas. 

  • Ensure that invited keynote (funded) speakers exhibit a 50-50 gender ratio and to encourage BAME keynotes, by inviting female and BAME speakers first and fulfilling this quota requirement before inviting male keynotes. 

  • Encourage panel proposals to improve their diversity. Where single-gender panels are unavoidable, provide a justification. 

  • Encourage members to use their networks to promote diversity in group and conference participation. 

  • Monitor the gender and BAME balance of the conference programme, and seek wherever possible to avoid single-gender panels. Where single-gender panels are unavoidable, provide a justification. 

  • Report to the group AGM on the steps taken, and provide the group with data on the gender breakdown of a) invited speakers; b) all speakers; and c) all participants.