March Board Meeting Highlights

The RWA Board of Directors had a productive meeting in The Woodlands, Texas, March 12–13.

Here are some highlights from the meeting.

  • Two RWA Academic Research Grants were funded: (1) Kelly Choyke’s project, “The Power of Popular Romance Culture: An Ethnography of Feminism, the Romance Genre, and Womanhood in North America,” and (2) Joanna Gregson and Jennifer Lois’s project, “Shifting Identities and Reimagined Careers: Romance Authors and the Self-Publishing Revolution.”
  • A Standing Committee on Diversity was approved.
  • The Board amended the association’s membership policy to say, “Membership shall not be denied to adults because of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, religion, or political affiliation.”
  • The Code of Ethics for Industry Professionals was updated: “An Industry Professional shall not refuse to work with any member on account of that member’s race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, or religion.”
  • The RWA Harassment Policy for All Conference Attendees, Definition of Harassment, was updated to say that harassment includes “offensive comments related to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, or religion.”
  • The Board approved the application for the Santa Clarita Valley Romance Writers chapter.
  • A Chapter Membership Growth Award was created to reward top chapters’ growth in voting members.
  • A Chapter Leadership Resource Development Ad Hoc Committee was formed to develop training tools, templates, and manuals for chapter leaders.
  • The Board adopted the audit report prepared by Blazek & Vetterling Certified Public Accountants as well as RWA’s annual financial statement.
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