Monday, November 14, 2016

American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity Statement on the Recent Election

On Thursday, November 10, the President of the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity, Myron R. Anderson, Ph.D., issued the following statement about the potential implications of the presidential election on the laws, policies and practices of the federal government as they relate to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and diversity in employment and education.

“The election for the President of the United States was challenging and raised issues of concern to those of us who work in the cause of access, equity and diversity. Notwithstanding the outcome, we, the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity, remain unchanged in our support for the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Executive Order 11246 (Affirmative Action Program for Federal Contractors) and other nondiscrimination and equal opportunity laws. These laws serve as the foundation for the work that we do. This act, the Executive Order, and the history that they encompass, served as a legal precedent at our founding in 1974, and are as important now and into the future.”

Anderson encouraged all to understand the changing landscape in our government and the changing demographics. “Our work is just, and may be more important going forward. We will work collectively to continue to articulate not only the reality of our changing demographics, but also, and in particular with the incoming new federal leadership, the business case and return on investment that is a critical value for any organization, ---private, public, government---to be successful and thrive.”

He added: “The importance of advancing access, equity, and diversity is an imperative for this country to remain great and we will support our members and colleagues in the quest to achieve this goal.”

Check out the official press release here.

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