2018 UDP Harassment Task Force
This ad hoc committee, comprised of Utah Democratic Party leaders and experts listed below, worked on suggested revisions to our Anti-Harassment Policy. Task Force Chair Will Kocher presented the following Harassment Task Force recommendations to the Utah Democratic Party State Central Committee on Wednesday, December 19, 2018.
1. The task force should be reorganized to include County Party officers to examine streamlining a policy that is top down for all Utah Democrats.
2. This group should meet year round on at least a bi-monthly basis.
3. The State Party adopt the Salt Lake County Party Policy and Procedures with edits to align them with the State Party Constitution.
4. A formalized training process should be conducted for all Delegates / Central Committee members.
5. A separate formalized training should be conducted for paid staff and EC members.
6. The reorganized task force examine the use of a formalized statement of values and reporting procedures to be used at meetings. Examples:
“I pledge to conduct myself professionally, with truth, accuracy, fairness, and responsibility to the public and party. I understand and accept that there is a consequence for misconduct, up to and including membership revocation.”
“I pledge to take a leadership stance when witnessing inappropriate, sexist, ableist, racist language, harassment, behavior that victimizes another such as bullying, groping, assault by notifying a member of party leadership and appropriate authorities when necessary.”
“The Utah Democratic Party is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment. We ask all meeting participants to embrace our values of equity and equality, and conduct themselves in this meeting consistent with those values. We have designated [DESIGNEE NAME] as the first point of contact for anyone who thinks they have experienced discriminatory, harassing or otherwise unacceptable behavior, and we urge you to contact them if you have any concerns.”
Will Kocher, AFSCME Local 1004 employment representative – SLCo Legislative District 40 Chair
Sheryl Ginsberg, Retired clinical social worker – SLCo Legislative District 36 Vice-Chair
Faeiza Javed, Mental Health Clinical Director – Democrat
Christina Jepson, Employment attorney and adjunct law professor – Democrat
Elaine Navar, Community liaison – Representative Sandra Hollins’ Executive Assistant
Representative Angela Romero, Utah State Legislator – Utah House Democrats Minority Whip
Rebecca Valverde, Child welfare and domestic violence social worker – Utah Democratic Party Executive Committee: Central Regional Coordinator
|In 2018, the UDP created a Harassment Task Force for suggestions for revisions to our Anti-Harassment Policy, best practices, and to create recommendations for an updated Campaign Code of Conduct.|
|October 1-15||Task force applications open|
|October 16-19||Applications reviewed|
|October 19-26||Applicants notified|
|October 28||2-4pm Initial in-person in Cottonwood Heights 84121|
|October 28-November 3||Working sessions: Anti-Harassment policy|
|November 4-10||Working sessions: Best practices|
|November 11-17||Working sessions: Campaign Code of Ethics|
|November 18-24||Present final recommendations to UDP legal representatives|
|November 25-December 1||Present final recommendations to UDP Executive Committee for approval to be added to State Central Committee Q4 Agenda|
|December 19||Harassment Task Force recommendations presented to State Central Committee at the Q4 meeting for approval and adoption|
|UDP Chair recommends the next State Central Committee meeting be scheduled between 12/17-12/21 in order to include finalized UDP Harassment Task Force suggested recommendations in Q4 agenda and to meet our required 14-day notice.|
|The purpose of the 2018 Harassment Task Force (ad hoc committee) is to develop suggestions for revisions to our Anti-Harassment Policy, best practices, and to create recommendations for an updated Campaign Code of Conduct. All suggestions will be reviewed by UDP legal representatives, as well as presented to the Executive Committee for approval to submit to the State Central Committee.|
|Goal is to have final recommendations reviewed and approved/amended by the Executive Committee, in order to have suggestions added to any required documentation required within timeframe for the next State Central Committee agenda to ultimately implement approved practices as quickly as possible.|
|Each UDP Harassment Task Force committee member is expected to review all materials below and actively participate in at least 75% of all meetings. Failure to meet requirement will result in commitee removal.|
|Our organization is governed by the following documents, using Robert’s Rules. Any suggestions and/or recommendations must adhere to both the Utah Democratic Party’s Constitution and Bylaws, as well as work within Robert’s Rules, in order to considered for approval.|
|Robert’s Rules of Order|
|Current Anti-Harassment Policy|
|Current web-posting regarding party harassment|
|UDP Code of Conduct **draft**|