A small group of motivated Chapter leaders have united to take immediate action to amplify Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) voices. This grassroots task force has created AMA’s first-ever DEI Pledge for Chapters to help chapters be more proactive about DEI practices at the Chapter level.
Why racial equity? What does DEI stand for? Get your questions answered here.
As the nation continues to grapple with painful reminders of multi-generational injustice and inequity, we are also seeing people, companies, social groups and organizations protesting, having civil discourse, and taking a stand for justice. As leaders in our communities, it is incumbent upon us to do our part too. Together, we will unite as one AMA to create a more equitable and inclusive environment for all.
We also want to acknowledge the over a dozen chapters that have already signed the DEI Pledge, a commitment in five key areas to center and amplify the voices of the Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) community.
Here is a list of all the chapters that have signed the pledge:
· Dallas Fort Worth
· Los Angeles
· New Jersey
· New Mexico
· New Orleans
· New York Capital Region
· New York
· Oklahoma City (OKC)
· Puget Sound
· Sacramento Valley
· Saint Louis
· San Antonio
· Southern Connecticut
· Southwest Michigan
· Washington DC
Haven’t signed the Pledge yet? Read it and sign the Pledge now.
Very rarely are their spaces for the voices of the multi-racial community. I joined the task force to help bring to life the acknowledgement and learnings that come from living in that space. I could not have asked to be a part of a more amazing group of people who have helped me mentally overcome the stress and hurt that has come with the summer of 2020. The DEI taskforce has been so instrumental for change within AMA. Majority of my contributions to this work have been creative and event planning. I could not be more proud to go on this journey with a team of incredible and inspiring individuals.
As a leader, I have a responsibility to my team and my community to implement positive change within our organization. Working towards creating a more inclusive environment will have a ripple effect that enhances the success of marketers in New Jersey and across the globe. I want to be a part of that change and working with the amazing volunteers on the Professional Chapters Council DEI committee and the DEI Taskforce allows me that opportunity.
Younger people are often told that they are the leaders of tomorrow. I say, why not become the leaders today? If I can use my voice and activism around diversity, equity and inclusion to disrupt, lead transformative changes and make AMA PDX, the AMA organization and our industry better, then it’s my privilege to use it.
We have a responsibility as marketing leaders to practice and teach our community that true inclusion is not an afterthought or checkbox. I choose to participate for my cohorts, as well as for students and emerging marketers.
There is a lot of work to be done and we’re just getting started!