The AICP recently formed a new committee on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI.) DEI is an increasingly important part of our culture. Businesses, including insurance companies, have many different types of workgroups, committees, and even entire departments devoted to diversity and inclusion efforts and awareness in the workplace.
“Diversity” refers to the need for organizations to have team members from a wide variety of backgrounds and identities. Diversity comes into play with respect to different races, genders, sexual orientations, religions, nationalities, and body shapes and sizes, among other characteristics. “Inclusion” speaks to the desire for diverse populations – especially populations that are traditionally underrepresented – to be fully active and included rather than merely present. And “Equity” goes beyond traditional definitions of “equality” and acknowledges that different people and different groups may have different needs and different barriers to overcome.
While AICP is not a political organization and does not endorse specific political movements or associations with respect to DEI matters, AICP recognizes the continued importance and focus on DEI. Our committee will be assisting the Association in many ways, including but not limited to:
- Hosting podcast interviews and webinars with people who work in the DEI space. One of our first interviews is being scheduled with the Commissioner of Connecticut.
- Outreach to our Chapters to get input on various DEI matters and productive feedback
- Researching materials to present and set forth on the AICP website
- Assisting with DEI-related sessions for the AICP Annual Fall Conference
- And much more!
The committee currently consists of 15 members and we would love to have you join! If you are interested in being part of the committee, please contact the current chair, Thomas Houck, at [email protected] or (619) 204-2902.
 Definitions derived in part from dei.extension.org. Visit this website for a fuller explanation of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.