Charge to the AHA Committee on LGBTQ Status in the Profession

Adopted by AHA Council, August 2016

Purpose: To monitor the status of LGBTQ issues within the historical profession, recommend policies and best practices in that regard, and undertake projects addressing the status of both LGBTQ historians and LGBTQ history.

  1. To review AHA policy statements and best practices documents that address fair treatment and nondiscrimination, and recommend amendments to these statements that would refer consistently and comprehensively to sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, and marital status.
  2. To review antidiscrimination action and employment equity goals in language used in various AHA policies and practices.
  3. To create best practices documents as guidance for implementing LGBTQ-sensitive measures in hiring/search guidelines and promotion/tenure guidelines.
  4. To create sessions at the annual meeting on topics relevant to the work of the committee (e.g. job markets and employment experiences for LGBTQ historians), determine which panel proposals might be appropriate for LGBTQ committee co-sponsorship, and look for possibilities of creating multi-session workshops or thematic strands from the full list of program sessions.
  5. To work with the Teaching Division to form a committee of historians teaching in various types of institutions to write an LGBTQ Teaching Guide. The TD recommends reaching out to historians in states such as California and New York where LGBTQ history has been incorporated into state standards.
  6. To work with the Professional Division to produce a series of Perspectives articles bringing attention to key issues for LGBTQ historians and those doing LGBTQ history in the discipline.
  7. To work with the Professional Division in order to make job market articles in Perspectives more LGBTQ-inclusive by adding LGBTQ historians and history as a discrete category when appropriate.
  8. To enhance, in conjunction with the Research Division, the field of LGBTQ history by promoting scholarship in the field.