Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
We aim to provide an organizational culture that is diverse, inclusive and advances equity across all aspects of our Society. We know that bringing together, listening to and incorporating a wide range of perspectives makes us stronger and workplaces safer.
Across our organization and within each of our member communities, we strive to create safe and welcoming environments where differences related to factors such as race, ethnicity, class, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, ability and education are not only accepted but celebrated. We want all members to be treated with respect and to know their voices are heard — particularly those who are most frequently marginalized or silenced in other areas of their lives. We want to nurture a culture in which all stakeholders embrace opportunities to learn and grow so everyone can excel.
These are the ideals to which we aspire.
However, as we have learned from reviewing our history and listening to members, achieving such a culture requires consistent and purposeful action. We must do more to challenge long-held assumptions and understand how unconscious bias can influence decisions and actions so we can better support our members as they participate in our communities and as they practice occupational safety and health and help their organizations improve.
As part of our efforts, we have added language on diversity to guide our elections process and updated our Society Operating Guideline on diversity. We have also continued to provide learning opportunities designed to help our members better understand how societal issues such as racism and systemic inequities can impede career advancement, undermine workplace safety and disenfranchise workers.
In addition, in June 2020, our Board of Directors established a board-level task force to define our goals for diversity, equity and inclusion. Members of this task force were Kristin Amlie, DeAundra Brabham, Ryan Clayton, Tiffany Felix, William Geddings, Bryce Griffler, Kahlilah Guyah, Krystle Hodge, Massimo Navarretta, Oscar Paredes, Monique Parker and Christine Waters. Jennifer McNelly, ASSP's CEO, and Deborah Roy, our 2020-21 president, co-chaired the group. We also established a staff team to address these issues internally.
Next Steps: DEI Summit
Based on the work of the DEI Task Force and to further support our commitment to these principles throughout ASSP and across the OSH profession, we formed a task force in 2022 to develop a virtual summit to help members better understand how DEI impacts the OSH profession and how they can incorporate DEI principles into their work to improve outcomes. The members of this task force are Kimberly Gamble, chair; Ana Cammarata; Bill Geddings; Christopher Hicks; Stephanie Johnson; Christina Roll; Robert Sharp; and D. Scott Vaughn.
Our DEI Summit will be held Jan. 26, 2023, and will be free to attendees. The task force is currently accepting proposals for presentation. Registration will open soon.
Engage in Our Common Interest Groups
Our common interest group member communities provide an accessible, virtual and diverse network of peers brought together by shared experiences, to become better safety professionals and promote inclusive safety cultures. These communities represent OSH professionals from different age groups, ethnic backgrounds and genders and facilitate their collaboration with one another, encourage their interest in the OSH profession, and promote their success and recognition within the industry.
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