AIIP Statement on Racial Equity and Social Justice
From AIIP President Jennifer Pflaumer—
In the month since I sent out my last President’s Update, COVID-19 has continued to impact our lives. And just in the past few weeks, the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Rayshard Brooks, and others have set off protests throughout the world as people join together to decry police brutality and systemic racism.
This has led me and the AIIP Board of Directors to think about AIIP and what we can do as an organization. There are some easy things and some more difficult things, and as a Board we have discussed working on both.
Here is what we are committing to do:
1) Examine our mission, outreach, and programming to support diversity within our organization.
2) Provide a forum to discuss the issues.
3) Support Forward through Ferguson as the Give-Back charity for our 2021 Annual Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
Forward through Ferguson was formed to rectify racial disparities in the St. Louis area in the wake of the killing of Michael Brown, Jr., on August 9, 2014.
Forward through Ferguson is charting a path toward Racial Equity by:
If you are moved to do so, I invite AIIP members and others to consider donating to this group. When making a contribution, please mention AIIP in the comments space.
As we get closer to the AIIP Annual Conference, we will continue to provide information and opportunities to support this organization.
Ultimately, our aim is to provide a forum to discuss what AIIP and its members can do to be part of the solution for greater racial equity and social justice in our world.
On behalf of the AIIP Board of Directors,
Page updated 6/18/2020