[Note: AUTM released this statement on June 4, 2020, in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota and the violence and protests followed worldwide.]
AUTM's Statement on Racism and Inequity
AUTM rejects racism and inequity of all kinds, and we are appalled at the events that have continued to impact our world. More than ever before, it’s time to listen to one another and collaborate to implement a culture of warmth, where everyone is welcome and has a sense of empathy, humanity and unity.
Last year, AUTM formed an Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Committee to guide our profession and help us all to embrace diversity, create a culture of inclusion, and act in an honest, equitable manner. We want you to know that the Association is here to support you and encourage you to reach out to AUTM’S CEO
, Board Chair
, EDI Committee Chair
, or join the Diversity & Inclusion Special Interest Group
to accelerate change in our profession and ensure the voices of the under-represented populations in our community are heard.
This is just the beginning of the work AUTM has committed to pursue on behalf of our Membership. We’ll be sharing an EDI survey in the next month to help us better understand your needs, and we will continue to roll out new initiatives based on the Membership response. We also encourage you to think about how you can help your employees and colleagues, provide support for your communities, and continue to move forward toward equality in our world.
for a reading list, curated by AUTM’s EDI Committee, to help you navigate this complex time.