Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Mission Statement

The mission of the AAAP’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee is to promote and encourage a climate supportive of all AAAP members regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic or educational backgrounds in order that all members can fully participate in all aspects of the organization. We strive to ensure representation of all AAAP members receiving awards or scholarships, participating in committees, and receiving professional development appropriately represent our membership base. Additionally, the goals of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee will adapt as the AAAP membership evolves.

 

Committee Composition

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the AAAP consists of volunteers from AAAP membership who have an interest in promoting and encouraging a climate supportive of all AAAP members regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic or educational backgrounds. Any AAAP member is welcome to participate. The core committee members are determined during the annual meeting of the AAAP and usually serve 1 to 3-year terms. The core committee members include a Chair, Chair-elect, past Chair, and secretary. The Diversity and Inclusion Committee meets once every year in conjunction with the AAAP annual meeting. Communication at other times of the year may be done via teleconferencing, electronic mail, or U.S. mail.

 

Key Roles and Responsibilities

Committee Responsibilities

1. To collect and provide demographics on the AAAP members at large and relay that information to the AAAP Board, while following appropriate guidelines for member privacy.

2. To evaluate current AAAP procedures and identify areas of strength and weakness that need to be altered/addressed to promote diversity and inclusion.

3. To assist in the development of AAAP's position statement on issues concerning diversity and inclusion with BOD approval.

4. To encourage and guide policies to promote diversity and inclusion as the demographics of AAAP change.

5. Advise BOD on best practices for diversity and inclusion for AAAP.

 

Chair Responsibilities

1. Develop and review the mission, and goals for the Diversity and Inclusion Committee in conjunction with the committee

2. Develop a work plan that will allow the committee to effectively and efficiently discharge its responsibilities for the year, coordinating with the administrative staff as needed.

3. Report to AAAP BOD at the annual meeting

4. Call ad hoc meetings when necessary

5. Communicate with the BOD regarding initiatives and vision of the Committee.