About EDEQUITY, updated 3.20.97

Edeqmod (Edeqmod@edc.org)
Thu, 20 Mar 1997 08:46:05 -0500

*** About EDEQUITY ***

EDEQUITY (Educational Equity Discussion List) is an
international electronic discussion forum on issues
of educational equity in a multicultural context in
schools, colleges and other education sites.

In administrating EDEQUITY, our mission is to
facilitate subscribers' networking and sharing of
information, techniques, resources, and ideas. We
provide the forum for discussion about educational
equity. We encourage subscribers to ask questions,
respond with resources and ideas to help each other,
and discuss methods and strategies.

***How does it work?***
EDEQUITY is a forum for group discussion via email.
Subscribers send messages to the discussion list
address <EDEQUITY@mail.edc.org>, where the list
administrator approves the messages to be posted
to the list. The messages are distributed to
all subscribers via email, either as single messages
or as a "digest"--a compilation of the week's
messages into one long message. To respond to a
specific message--continue a discussion or thread--
subscribers use the "reply" option and address their
messages to the list to further the discussion,
opening new avenues, or threads, as necessary.

New subscribers can familiarize themselves with
previous discussions by visiting the web site at
http://www.edc.org/CEEC/WEEA/edequity/index.html or
by requesting past digests on file (see #2 of the
EDEQUITY User's Guide below). Messages for the list
should be sent to <EDEQUITY@mail.edc.org> and should
include the sender's signature: their name and/or
email address.

*** What is educational equity? ***
Educational equity refers to an educational
environment in which individuals can consider
options and make choices based on their abilities
and talents, not on the basis of stereotypes, biased
expectations, or discrimination.

*** Who participates? ***
EDEQUITY is designed to encourage discussion between
teachers and other educators, equity practitioners,
advocates, parents, counselors and others interested
in equity. The participation of both women and men
is welcomed.

*** What do we discuss? ***
EDEQUITY serves as a forum to discuss how to attain
equity for males and females; and how gender equity
can be a helpful construct for improving education
for all. Topics for discussion include, but are not
limited to, classroom interactions, curriculum
development, school environment, education reform,
violence prevention, math and science education,
vocational and nontraditional education, school-
to-work issues, community-based learning, and
counseling. This list gives people an opportunity
to ask questions and exchange information about
teaching strategies, useful texts and films,
innovative programs, current research, and
funding sources.

Feel free to introduce yourself to the list,
describing your work and goals.

The EDEQUITY User's Guide follows. It describes
all of the policies of EDEQUITY and lists helpful
information for subscribers.

Julia Potter <EDEQUITY-admin@mail.edc.org>
EDEQUITY Administrator
WEEA Equity Resource Center
Education Development Center, Inc.
55 Chapel Street
Newton, MA 02158-1060
617-969-7101, ext. 2354



EDEQUITY is run by "Majordomo" software on a UNIX
server at EDC in Newton, MA. Subscriptions, this
welcome message, compilation messages called
digests, all are handled by Majordomo directly.
Messages concerning your subscription
(subscribing, unsubscribing, changing to digest
subscription, etc.) should be sent to
<Majordomo@mail.edc.org> (Do not send subscription
messages to the EDEQUITY list.) If you have
subscription problems that have not been or cannot
be solved by Majordomo, contact the list
administrator at <EDEQUITY-admin@mail.edc.org> for

Here are some Majordomo commands. Send the command
in the body of a message to <Majordomo@mail.edc.org>
Do not use a "subject" line.

to subscribe
subscribe edequity

to unsubscribe
unsubscribe edequity

to subscribe to the digest
subscribe edequity-digest

to unsubscribe from the digest
unsubscribe edequity-digest

to find out who subscribes to the list
who edequity

to receive an index of files
index edequity

to retrieve a file
get edequity <filename>

to retrieve introductory information
info edequity

to show all the lists served by this majordomo

The weekly digest is a compilation of the week's
messages into one jumbo-sized message. Past digests
are stored by the Majordomo software and are
accessed by sending a message requesting a certain
file. To receive an index of files, send the
following message to <Majordomo@mail.edc.org>

index edequity

To retrieve a particular file from the archives,
send the following message to

get edequity <filename>

Messages can also be read in HyperNews by thread,
author, and date, on our web site at

To receive EDEQUITY messages as the weekly digest,
send the following in the body of your message to
<Majordomo@mail.edc.org> Do not use a subject line.

subscribe edequity-digest.

If you are already subscribed to the regular mailing
list but only want the digest, be sure to
unsubscribe by sending this message to

unsubscribe edequity

Messages for the list should be sent directly to
<EDEQUITY@mail.edc.org> An e-mail message sent to
EDEQUITY will be distributed to all subscribers of
the Internet list. They are also accessible through
the WEEA web site
Be sure to end with your name and e-mail address.

-Relate your message to some aspect of educational
equity as defined in the introduction above.

-Make sure to use descriptive headings so that
others will know if that topic interests them.

-When sending a message to the list, ALWAYS put your
name and e-mail address at the end of every posting
so that people can identify you and respond to you
privately if they wish.

-When requesting information from other subscribers
it is especially important to include your e-mail
address for folks to reply privately to you.
Please note that some electronic mail systems
indicate that messages are from EDEQUITY rather than
give the "return address" of the sender. In those
systems, the sender's information is lost if not
included in the body of the message.

-When replying to someone else's message, include
only a few lines of their original message
(including the whole message takes up a lot of space
and discourages others from reading your message).

-A technique to efficiently share resources: if you
have received messages responding to a query that
others may be interested in, consider compiling the
info and posting it to the list as one message.

-Remember that not everyone on EDEQUITY is an
Internet veteran and may not understand some
conventions that seem second nature to you. Please
explain items in your messages fully.

If you respond to a message received from EDEQUITY
by hitting the reply key, everyone on the mailing
list will receive your message. This is appropriate
when the contents of your message are likely to be of
interest to a number of subscribers. However, if you
are writing, for example, to request a copy of
something another subscriber has mentioned, please
send your request privately, not to the list.
Similarly, comments directed at a particular person
-- approval or disapproval -- that do not further
contribute to the discussion should be sent
privately, for example, "Bravo!", "You are
absolutely wrong.", or "Thanks." Public appreciation
statements ("I would like to commend the fine work
of...") are acceptable if related to educational
equity and addressed to the audience of subscribers.

7. CONDUCT: Please be respectful and courteous at
all times. Abusive behavior and inappropriate and/or
rude language will not be tolerated.

8. STOPPING MAIL: Subscribers cannot temporarily
stop receiving mail from EDEQUITY during vacation
time, for example. To stop receiving EDEQUITY
messages, unsubscribe from the list and then re-
subscribe when you want to begin receiving mail

9. RESOURCES: You are encouraged to list resources
(materials, organizations, references, etc.) to
EDEQUITY. Please list as much information as
possible about the resource (title, publisher,
address, phone and fax numbers, etc.) and a brief
description and/or opinion of the resource.

10. CONFERENCES: Educational and/or equity
conference announcements are welcome on EDEQUITY.
However, do not send registration forms, housing
information, or schedules. Include contact persons
for such information for those interested in finding
out more.

11. JOB OPENINGS: Feel free to send information on
job openings as long as the position has some
connection to educational equity. The wish to reach
more female candidates is not an adequate reason to
post noneducational equity positions.

12. ADVERTISING: Feel free to list and discuss
resources available from your organization if
recently available or relevant to a current
discussion on the list. Advertisements for
professional services--particularly those unrelated
to educational equity--are inappropriate. If you're
not sure whether to post such a message, contact
the list administrator at

13. EQUITY ONLINE: The list can be accessed through
our Web site at
Messages can be viewed by thread, author, and date.

administrated jointly by Education Development
Center, Inc. (EDC) and the WEEA Equity Resource
Center at EDC. In overseeing this public mailing
list, EDC reserves the right to delete and archive
messages, use the archives for research purposes,
delete memberships and take other actions it deems
responsible, desirable, or necessary to take. The
administrator reserves the right to carry out these

EDC is not responsible for the content of EDEQUITY.
The administrator does, however, reserve the right
to reject messages that do not relate to educational
equity or messages that are not of general interest
to the list subscribers. No message will be rejected
for expressing an opinion, nor are messages censored
(they appear in their entirety). Messages that are
returned will be accompanied by a note explaining

If you ever have a question about these guidelines
or want to discuss something with the administrator,
please send a message to

~***updated March 18th, 1997 jp***~

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