As APPA continues to prepare for every future, the APPA Board of Directors recognizes that it is time for APPA to formalize our past and current practice around equity and inclusiveness for the association. With the formation of a Task Force to focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), APPA demonstrates a sustained and comprehensive commitment to establish an organizational climate that is just and inclusive – regardless of individual differences, beliefs, or identities. What follows is APPA’s Board-approved Statement of Commitment and associated definitions of diversity, equity, and inclusion. More to come as the task force continues its work laying out short-, mid-, and long-term strategies and actions.
Statement of Commitment
APPA is committed to the intentional and ongoing pursuit of a welcoming environment where diversity of thought and perspective is highly valued, free from barriers, and seeks to correct conditions of disadvantage. To fully represent the people and places of the educational communities we serve, APPA will empower its members through the provision of its resources and services in a fair and impartial manner. Our strength stems from the dedication, experiences, unique attributes, and talents of every member.
Approved February 2022
DEI Definition of Terms
Diversity at APPA includes valuing diversity of thought and perspective and connecting the unique attributes, backgrounds, and experiences that each individual brings to the organization.
APPA recognizes that its strength comes from the dedication, experience, talents and perspectives of every member.
To fulfill our mission, APPA must fully reflect and include individuals who represent the people and places of the educational communities that we serve.
We will create an environment where individuals are able to embrace their differences and leverage them to support educational excellence.
APPA expects the establishment of working conditions that are free from barriers and seeks to correct conditions of disadvantage.
APPA recognizes that each person has different circumstances and will strive to provide the exact resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome.
APPA provides services and opportunities accessible in a fair and impartial manner. Equality means each individual or group of people is given the same resources or opportunities.
APPA is committed to an intentional and ongoing pursuit of a welcoming environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully, offered access to opportunities and resources, and empowered to contribute to the successful execution of the association’s mission.