AFCEA’s main objective is to ensure programs and initiatives reflect the fabric of our country and establish a sense of belonging for everyone. Addressing diversity means understanding that each member is unique while recognizing and embracing individual differences regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age and physical abilities.
A top priority of AFCEA’s newly formed Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Committee (IDEA) is to ensure leaders and members across the chapters understand we all play key roles in helping to realize these goals. IDEA aims to provide a culture in which all members can connect, contribute and be themselves. We all share the responsibility for developing communities in which every member can contribute.
A future goal is to highlight our members’ hard work and dedication during a ceremony to commemorate contributions and successes. This will open up opportunities for company sponsorships.
The IDEA Committee is here to serve as a resource to support chapters and organizations in building inclusive communities. The new committee is made up of members across the organizations who represent all levels of leadership. An executive advisory council works in concert with the committee to address critical issues that affect our community. The committee includes representation from all interest groups and leaders across the country.