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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
As a leader in the global expositions and conference industry, Diversified Communications recognizes its responsibility to drive discussions and actively advance the principles of racial equality, social justice, and inclusion. We believe that our communities -- the DC organization, Maine, and the global events industry -- are richer, stronger, and more dynamic when they are diverse, equitable, and welcoming.
- Acknowledge that change begins from within. We will educate ourselves to champion diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will be staunchly anti-racist, pro-LGBTQIA+, and accommodating to all abilities and circumstances. We will stand against bias, intolerance, and discrimination of any kind.
- Foster work environments that are welcoming to and inclusive of everyone. Employees will feel comfortable and represented at offices and events. Equitable opportunities for success will exist for everyone. We will actively recruit candidates of diverse backgrounds to broaden and strengthen our employee population.
- Ensure our external work reflects our beliefs and our mission. We will position our marketing to represent our diverse industries and customer base. We will foster diversity, equity, and inclusion discussions at our events and within industry associations.
- Create community partnerships. We will actively partner with community organizations who lead the way in social justice work to affect necessary changes where we work and live.
Through these efforts, we aim to influence and encourage an ecosystem for the open exchange of ideas and the ongoing pursuit of best practices.
- We have diversity requirements established for experts and contributors and we will continue to seek out diverse and BIPOC speakers for our events and programs that align with your training needs.
- Commit to inclusive and diverse member-led, profession-reflective, advisory councils https://www.apcevent.com/council/
- Ensure diverse representation among marquee keynote speakers
- Provide physically accessible space at events
- Make available accessible and gender-neutral bathroom options at our events
- Make available interpreters/live captioning at events
- Actively avoid scheduling events during high holy days of all faiths
- Commit to programming on DEI training and promoting best-in-class resources
Resources We Recommend
We encourage you to continually recommit to this work, and hope you’ll explore a variety of resources to advance diversity, inclusion & respect in your profession and in your communities. Here are a few we recommend:
LinkedIn Learning: Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging for All Content
Harvard Business Review
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