Il AAHAM is committed to fostering and maintaining an environment where diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are fully integrated; benefiting our members and the community we serve. To fully realize our goal, we must be aware and responsive to the needs of everyone we are affiliated with. We believe that our inclusiveness initiative begins with the celebration of diversity and unique differences among membership, volunteers, and sponsors. We value individual and group differences, and our communications are open and honest.
We believe that diversity is the presence and celebration of difference that enriches our association, including identity-focused characteristics, such as race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. We also believe that equity is the presence of and commitment to fair treatment, access and opportunity for all, where individuals are not at a disadvantage because of their identities. And we believe that inclusion is how we demonstrate our commitment to diversity and equity and is at the center of our efforts to build an intentional culture that fosters feelings of belonging and honors the differences of our colleagues, volunteers, corporate partners and educators. Inclusion ensures that individuals with different identities are valued, leveraged and welcome within our organization.
By achieving these goals, we hope to allow our members to realize their full potential.