WHA DIVERSITY STATEMENT
The North American West has been both home to many different groups with divergent belief systems and cultural practices, and a place in which people often experience shifting identities. The Western History Association strives to reflect the richness of our regions. We seek to be an association of historians of diverse backgrounds who thrive in the spirit of mutual respect and engaged curiosity.
WHA BEST PRACTICES
In 2019, the WHA Council adopted the best practices established by the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) on matters regarding Indigenous identity fraud. NAISA's most recent Statement on Indigenous Identity Fraud can be found here.
The Western History Association works to maintain an environment that allows persons in the historical profession to flourish by encouraging respectful, inclusive, and equitable treatment of all who participate in WHA activities. As a statement of principle, the WHA rejects harassment, discrimination, and retaliation by any means, based on sex, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. Sexual harassment creates a hostile environment that impedes the advancement of historical knowledge by marginalizing individuals and communities. It also damages productivity and career growth, and prevents the healthy exchange of ideas. We affirm that discrimination and harassment are unacceptable in any research or learning environment. The WHA is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all.
FORTHCOMING: In spring 2023 the WHA started drafting a Code of Conduct to encompass the scope of the association's expectations for all forms of professional behavior. The WHA Council expects to release the updated statement on conduct, enforcement policy, and reporting process in 2024.
To report an incident, contact the chair or a member of the WHA's Professional Environment Committee. The PEC is listed on the organization's committees page.
The policy pertains to all WHA activities, including events associated with WHA conferences and any WHA-related business occurring throughout the year. It encompasses interactions in person, by telephone, and by electronic communication. The policy applies to all members and participants of the WHA conference program.
Our members have also formed the Committee on Assault Response and Educational Strategies (CARES).