[SIGCIS-Members] What happened on the list last year

Nathan Ensmenger nathan.ensmenger at gmail.com
Wed Nov 28 12:43:02 PST 2018


Joy — I appreciate your bravery in making public the full story of your
harassment, both online and in your department.  I am sorry you had to
endure so much mistreatment at the hands of those you had every right to
assume were colleagues and professionals.  It is an important reminder to
us all that we need to be constantly vigilant, even within our supposedly
enlightened academic communities, against perpetuating or allowing to be
perpetuated inequity and injustice.  It was encouraging to see how SIGCIS
responded and modified its policies and practices to make the abuse of our
list and collective trust less possible, but also a reminder of how few of
the organizations and institutions I belong to have such policies in
place.  I am convicted of my own need to be proactive in this regard.

I am carrying along my recently arrived copy of your new book as I travel,
and look forward to having the time to read it, and the opportunity to
engage in a productive conversation about your contribution to our
scholarly community!

-Nathan

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Nathan Ensmenger
Chair, Informatics
School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering
Indiana University, Bloomington
homes.soic.indiana.edu/nensmeng/







On Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 1:49 PM drjoy <drjoy at joyrankin.com> wrote:

> Hello SIGCIS Colleagues,
>
> First, thank you for your many on- and off-list messages of
> congratulations and support for my book. I deeply appreciate them,
> especially in the context of what I'm about to share.
>
> Those of you who were on the list last spring saw my work savaged by a man
> named Brian Dear. Even then, I received on- and off-list messages of
> support for my scholarship. But what happened publicly was only one piece
> of a terrible, terrible year.
>
> Here is a fuller picture:
> https://medium.com/@drjoy/why-im-firing-michigan-state-sexual-harassment-online-harassment-and-utter-institutional-6663a6bde68e
>
> SIGCIS as an organization did the right thing, and for that, I'm grateful.
> Regards,
> Joy
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