Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Whatever Happened With that Nondiscrimination Petition?

Earlier this year, you might recall, we made a big fuss about how the APA refuses to honor its non-discrimination policy, which clearly bans the use of sexual orientation in decisions concerning hiring and retention, among other things. There was a motion presented at the Pacific Division business meeting to ask the Board of Officers and National Office to enforce its policy as it currently stands or revise its policy to reflect its actual refusal to protect gay and lesbian philosophers from discriminatory hiring practices.

Looking at the minutes of the APA's most recent national board meeting, though, I don't see this issue mentioned anywhere. Anybody know what the status of this thing is? Should we be planning to present another motion at the E-APA in December?

--Mr. Zero

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Note that that meeting was a year ago, Nov. 14 2008. (The minutes are published several months behind the meeting.) I don't recall for sure when the discussion took place, but if it was "earlier this year" then it's no surprise that a meeting that took place nearly a year ago didn't discuss the issue.

Mr. Zero said...

Ah. I see what happened. The minutes were published this past May, but are for a meeting that took place in November of 2008.

So maybe the Board of Officers and National Office are just about to meet. Does anyone know whether they will discuss the petition?

Anonymous said...

I haven't checked, but I believe that the intentions of the most relevant parties were/are to discuss it at one or more venues during the upcoming Eastern APA in December 2009. Wasn't that the plan all along?

Kevin Timpe said...

The APA assigned at least two committees to look at the petition(s); these committees have made recommendations back to the APA head office. What they are doing with it, I can't say.

zombie said...

On a somewhat unrelated topic, anyone else notice the APA website seems to be broken, or is it just me? The links don't seem to work. Anyhoo, I can't get to the jobs listings.

Anonymous said...

Re the APA website: try a different browser. I've found the links don't work in (my version of) Chrome. But they work in (my version of) IE.

Anonymous said...

Kevin is right; the APA Board of Officers will meet this month and take up this issue, having already received recommendations from the Committee on the Inclusiveness of the Profession and the Committee on Academic Career Opportunities and Placement. Looking at the membership of the Board of Officers, it seems pretty clear that it will deliver what the petition asks for. But it also seems very likely that there will be some serious discussion, as it looks like there are several people in that group who will be disinclined to make those changes.

Anonymous said...

i found the site to be down to. but if you've bookmarked the jfp page you can still get to it.

lance said...

The non-discrimination policy vote should come right after the vote for affirmative action. That would be some rich irony.

Anonymous said...

For me, the APA site works with Firefox but not with Safari.

Anonymous said...

The Board of Officers decided to adopt a more explicit discrimination policy, and to indicate noncompliance in JFP those that don't follow it. So the nondiscrimination petition was granted.

clayton said...

"The non-discrimination policy vote should come right after the vote for affirmative action. That would be some rich irony."

Is that like rain-on-your-wedding-day ironic? I don't get it.