February 8, 2019
We deserve a better organization. We deserve a better profession. What happened to me and what happens to so many others cannot be allowed to continue. – April Hathcock “ALAMW: What Happened, and What Should Happen Next”
All of us at Educopia have been actively grappling with the recently reported ALA Midwinter 2019 Code of Conduct breach and verbal assault on April Hathcock, as well as the news of other such incidents at the conference. (Read April Hathcock’s posts about the assault and its aftermath.)
The attack, and perhaps especially the reported silent complicity of those that witnessed the attack, has compelled our team to reassess our responsibility as hosts and facilitators of a wide variety of both physical and virtual community spaces.