diversity, equity, and inclusion are intentional, active, and continual practices that are crucial to and inherent in human rights.
What is DEI?
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is the popular term used to describe formal and informal policies and practices aimed to include people of different groups who have been historically excluded. These groups can include different ages, races and ethnicities, abilities and disabilities, genders, religions, cultures, and sexual orientations.
When we talk about DEI we are talking about the intentional action of eliminating the obstacles to full participation, bringing many different people together so they can participate, and creating environments where they feel welcome to participate. This is really the trifecta of something powerful; elimination of obstacles, environment of participation, and many different people brought together!
AATB understands Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to mean:
The intentional and continual practice of bringing together people with different characteristics and experiences from a wide range of different groups; including race, ethnicity, gender, differing abilities, physical appearance, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, language, socioeconomic status, marital status, and others.
The intentional and continual practice of identifying and eliminating barriers that prevent the full participation of all groups in order to ensure every individual has the opportunity to join, contribute and partake.
The intentional and continual practice of creating environments where individuals from any group can feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate.
AATB & DEI
AATB believes that our association must recognize every member's inherent worth and dignity; involve and empower all members to participate and contribute; promote and sustain a sense of belonging; and value and respect the capacities, talents, beliefs, experiences, backgrounds, and lifestyles of all members.
AATB believes that diversity, equity, and inclusion are intentional, active, and continual practices that are crucial to and inherent in human rights.