The Diversity and Inclusive Leadership Committee (DILC) “unofficially” hit the ground running last August in Nashville at VenueConnect when Robyn Williams, CVE, made an impassioned appeal at the committee’s networking reception for IAVM members to become engaged and involved in committee service work within IAVM. Not just involvement, but for individuals representing the diversity within the ranks of membership to step forward to serve to better represent the range of the Association’s membership, be it by color, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc.
The response? Money poured in faster than Williams could speak as individuals indicated their desire to assist the committee in upcoming initiatives. After two conference calls and a talented stable of individuals on the committee including four — count ’em, four — IAVM Past Chairs, some of those initiatives are in the early stages of formulation.
That still does not stop the need for the initial appeal of asking you to consider applying to volunteer on a committee. Any member of the DILC is available to help and advise you.
“The Diversity and Inclusive Leadership Committee has begun the purposeful work of developing opportunities to promote a diverse membership into leadership roles at IAVM,” said Julia Slocombe, Committee Chair. “We continue to seek those willing to serve and build a culturally inclusive and diverse IAVM.
“As we focus on bringing targeted education topics, consider joining this engaged committee and lend your voice to this important and impactful work.”
DILC committee members include: Chair Julia Slocombe, Vice Chair Robyn Williams, Kim Damron, Jimmy Earl, Shura Garnett, Daniel Huerta, Joyce Leveston, Jennifer Norris, Steve Peters, Naz Sabripour, Jill Schinberg, Troy Thorn, and Kletra Newton.