The Steering Committee appoints various committees and working groups as needed to perform specified tasks. The Communication Committee, described below, is the longest standing committee. Other important committees include, for each of GAJE’s worldwide conferences, a Conference Planning Committee, a Local Organizing Committee, and others appointed to prepare the conference program and review requests for fee waivers and travel/accommodation grants.
Structure of the GAJE Communication Committee
The Communication Committee:
- is the editorial board for the GAJE Web site
- appoints the webmaster and other editors of the web site
- recommends communication policies for approval by the GAJE Steering Committee (SC)
- implements communication policies as directed by the SC
Like other GAJE committees, the communication committee meets by email and reaches decisions whenever possible by consensus. The committee serves a one-year term starting in January. The communication committee chair(s) are appointed by the SC and the other members are appointed by the communication committee chair(s). The current chair of the Communication Committee is Skye Rose.
In 2005, the GAJE Steering Committee approved the establishment of an e-newsletter to be circulated by email to all GAJE members and also posted on www.gaje.org. The Newsletter was a forum, primarily for GAJE members, to advertise upcoming events, conferences, activities, projects, job opportunities, publications etc. The Newsletter was first published every even numbered month (February, April, etc.), and then quarterly. Initially it appeared only in English, but it was published in both English and Spanish since December 2006.
All GAJE members were encouraged to submit any relevant information. The Editor, in consultation with the GAJE Communications Committee, reserved the right not to include any material in the newsletter which the editor believed to be irrelevant or discriminatory. Persons submitting information received from another source, such as a newsletter, email notice, or web site, were asked to comply with any policies indicated by that source for copying and redistributing, such as including an attribution to that source. The following disclaimer appeared at the end of each newsletter: “The material in this newsletter is simply a collation of material submitted for distribution to GAJE members. The inclusion of any material in this newsletter does not constitute an endorsement of it by GAJE.” The first editor of the Newsletter was Ed Santow (Australia); subsequent editors were George Mukundi (Kenya), Ved Kumari (India), and Raven Lidman (USA). Spanish translation was provided by Maria Soledad Sequeira Neme and Celeste Romero (Argentina).
The Newsletter was suspended at the end of 2009; the content in the Newsletter has been replaced by the “News and Announcements” section of the GAJE website.
GAJE Web Site
The URL address of the GAJE web site is www.gaje.org . The purposes of the web site are:
- to publicize the organization
- to provide an overview of GAJE
- to publish information about the activities of GAJE members
- to be the first place where people interested in justice education go to find out
- about upcoming events (not just GAJE events)
- who is doing justice education in various countries, what they are doing, and how to contact them
- about articles, teaching materials, and other web sites relating to justice education.
The communication committee is the editorial board of the web site. Its members control the format and content of the web site and do not need the prior approval of the SC to edit and add content to the web site. If the SC wishes a change made to the web site, the SC can direct the CC to make that change.
The website’s publisher has responsibility for the mechanics of putting content on the web site but not for writing the content (except as may be specified for certain projects).
The editor of the web site has the following responsibilities (listed in order of importance):
- Correct web pages that have become outdated.
- Update existing web pages as new material becomes available
- Add new web pages