A Note from the AAPOR President
By Paul Beatty, 2022 – 2023 AAPOR President
This issue of the AAPOR newsletter highlights several of the Council’s recent activities related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Although I believe that AAPOR members have long cherished these values, it is only in relatively recent times that we have explicitly stated our commitment as an organization to fully living them. Our AAPOR2025 Strategic Vision embraced diversity and inclusiveness as institutional imperatives, and more recently, AAPOR adopted a Statement on Diversity and Inclusion and created an Equity and Inclusion Committee whose Chair and Associate Chair sit on the Executive Council.
These have been essential first steps, and we, as an organization, are committed to taking them further. This year, all members of the Executive Council are participating in a training workshop led by The Equity Paradigm. During this time, we will review core DEI concepts, the effects of unconscious bias, power and privilege within our culture, and how these concepts play a role in AAPOR. Our goal is for this training to broaden our perspective and guide us toward specific actions which identify and eliminate any roadblocks to inclusion within the association.
AAPOR’s position on diversity, equity, and inclusion bears repeating. It is a core value of AAPOR to include members in all activities of the association regardless of their sex, gender, gender identity, age, race, religion, ethnic background, nationality, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other category protected by federal, state and local laws. AAPOR further seeks to reflect the diversity of its membership in thought and professional experiences and pledges to equally value members regardless of their tenure within the profession, whether or not they are currently employed, and if employed, regardless of the size of their workplace or whether that workplace is in academe, the government, business, the media or another setting.
We consider this to be both an obligation and an excellent opportunity. Quite simply, the challenges we face as a profession are too daunting to allow anything to stand in the way of bringing everyone to the table who has something to contribute. Nurturing a culture of diversity and inclusion serves our current membership well and prepares us to meet rapidly evolving needs. I hope you enjoy reading about recent AAPOR DEI activities as we lean further into this aspect of our mission.