Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
As an organization that strives to develop, sustain, and enhance independence for persons with disabilities, diversity, equity, and inclusion is at the center of our work. Disability affects people of all races, ethnicities, religions, languages, sexual orientations, socio-economic status, political affiliations, and gender identities. We are committed to fostering a culture that reflects respect and appreciation of all backgrounds of those involved within our organization and our community. Our commitment to DEI flows directly from the core values of AIM and is essential to achieve our mission.
Our Diversity for our Diversity Equity and Inclusion Policy-(each month we will focus on a different part of our Diversity Equity and Inclusion Policy.)
October we focus on our Definition of Diversity-
- Diversity: Most broadly, we understand diversity as the presence of difference in a group. More specifically, we have defined it to encompass the demographic mix of people, considering elements of human differences, but focusing particularly on:
- Persons with disabilities
- Racial and ethnic groups: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Hispanics/Latinx, African Americans and blacks, and American Indians and Alaska Natives.
- LGBTQIA+ populations
- Gender Identity
- Spiritual beliefs and worldviews
- Socio-Economic Status
Importantly, this definition encompasses populations that historically have been – and remain – underrepresented and marginalized in society. We acknowledge and respect that this is one of the many ways to define diversity, a concept that can encompass many other human differences as well.