Dear Eddie Adams Workshop Community,
Eddie Adams created this workshop in 1988 with the goal to redress the exclusivity of professional opportunities by accepting students based on their demonstrated skills, and not on their ability to pay tuition. For over 30 years the Eddie Adams Workshop has helped educate, develop and prepare thousands of photojournalists.
Over the summer, we worked with alumni, faculty, staff, board members, anti-harassment experts and legal counsel to strategize meaningful and positive changes that reflect our unwavering commitment to provide a dynamic, inspiring and safe environment for all participants of the Eddie Adams Workshop. We know these steps will help ensure our mission.
Our revised professional policy (see below) outlines in plain language what we expect from every person who attends the Workshop.
A customized webinar will be distributed to all attendees (students, faculty and staff) prior to the Workshop. It will reinforce expected professional conduct and reporting procedures.
Attorney, mediator and coach Elena Paraskevas-Thadani of EPT Legal, LLC will lead a harassment training session for support staff on-site the day before the Workshop begins.
Additionally, we are shortening the program so that evenings finish earlier.
We are grateful to the many members of the Workshop community for their enthusiasm, support and advice over the years but, in particular, now as our industry moves to build a more inclusive and safe work environment for all.
Alyssa Adams, Chairwoman of the Board, The Eddie Adams Workshop
Mirjam Evers, Executive Producer, The Eddie Adams Workshop
EDDIE ADAMS WORKSHOP PROFESSIONAL POLICY
You have been invited as a guest at the Eddie Adams Workshop (EAW). EAW strives to create a safe environment for all in attendance. The EAW experience is grounded in the spirit of cooperation and respect, with the goal of providing a place to be inspired and foster professional development. At EAW, we treat each other with dignity. We welcome and support people of all backgrounds and identities.
We do not allow our differences to become personal attacks. We do not use our positions to devalue others. We encourage different points of view but we do not tolerate violence, harassment or discrimination.
Harassment and discrimination may take many forms, including:
Unwelcome remarks, gestures or physical contact
Discriminatory jokes or language
Threats of violence
Verbal or physical abuse
While at EAW, if you experience or witness violence, harassment or discrimination, please report it. Here are the two ways to make an official complaint while at EAW:
Electronically via the app described in the program and at orientation. All complaints will be sent to an independent third party reviewer.
In-person via one of three designated support team members listed in the program and introduced at orientation.
Complaints will be reviewed and resolved quickly during EAW. You, the person(s) you name and any witnesses will be interviewed separately. An independent third party will make a recommended resolution to EAW leadership.
You acknowledge that you are a guest here and that you will act honorably, and treat other guests with courtesy and respect. By signing this you agree to help ensure a safe, inclusive environment for everyone, and you understand the reporting and review process for violence, harassment or discrimination.