Commitment to Diversity

At AHCJ, our goal is to foster a diverse, equitable, inclusive and belonging environment (DEIB) that reflects the values of our modern society.

We understand that this goal requires ongoing effort and intentional action, and we are committed to incorporating DEIB principles in every aspect of our organization.

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To demonstrate our commitment, we:

Strive to recruit and retain a diverse staff, board, and volunteer base that reflects the diversity of the U.S.

Are transparent about pay scales and benefits.

Create a workplace culture that values and respects the diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and identities of our team members and encourages open communication and collaboration.

Ensure our programming and events are inclusive and accessible to all members of our community, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, or socioeconomic status.

Ensure our content and messaging represent diverse perspectives. We write for people, not just about them.

We ask people for their preferred pronouns. We track our efforts to include diverse voices and ask program participants to self-identify their race, gender, LGBTQIA+ status and disabilities so we can provide accommodation.

We regularly evaluate our progress and identify areas for improvement to further advance our commitment to DEIB.

We recognize that achieving DEIB requires ongoing learning, growth, and engagement from all members of our organization. We are committed to fostering a culture of inclusivity and continuous improvement to create a more equitable and just society.

We acknowledge and condemn the ongoing legacy of racism in the U.S. and in the institution we are part of — the press.

We commit to standing against racism as we build our organization and conduct our work. As an organization committed to DEIB, we recognize that racism, both implicit and explicit, is a pervasive problem that has affected many aspects of our society, including the media and press. We acknowledge that media coverage and representation can perpetuate harmful stereotypes and perpetuate systemic racism.

Therefore, we also acknowledge that our work towards DEIB is incomplete without an active and ongoing commitment to anti-racism. We will work to combat racism in all its forms, including through our programming, events and content.

As an organization, we will strive to listen, learn, and act to create a more equitable and just society. We will work to create spaces where marginalized communities feel safe, heard and valued. We will also hold ourselves accountable for any harm we may have caused and commit to taking steps to rectify it.

Additionally, we will actively seek out and amplify the voices and perspectives of individuals and communities that have been historically marginalized and excluded from mainstream media coverage. We believe that it is essential to acknowledge and address the deep-rooted and systemic issues that perpetuate racism and commit to working towards a more inclusive and just society.

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