To pursue strategic avenues that will improve equity and inclusion in AIC membership and programs. This work is intended to support the AIC’s Core Value of Equity and Inclusion:
AIC is committed to the premise that the preservation of cultural heritage is inseparable from our belief that the creative achievements and histories of all peoples must be acknowledged and honored. Through our support of all conservation and heritage professionals, we actively strive to create an inclusive and equitable environment in which all members of our community are valued and respected.
Composition and Rotation
The committee is composed of seven (7) members, with one member being an AIC Fellow and two to serve as liaisons to the Emerging Conservation Professionals Network (ECPN) and the Education and Training Committee (ETC). Members serve staggered three-year terms, with the option to renew for a second term. New members are solicited by the committee from the AIC membership.
The AIC board reviews and approves the committee’s recommendations for new members. The first chair of the new committee is a member of the Equity & Inclusion Working Group and is appointed by the AIC board for a three-year term. Thereafter, the committee chair is appointed by the committee, with AIC board approval, and serves for one three-year term.
The Equity & Inclusion Committee seeks to meet four targets, encompassing both short- and long-term goals, by working in concert with the AIC board and staff. The committee is guided by the AIC board-approved “Recommendations for Advancing Equity and Inclusion in the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works: A Report to the Board of Directors.” With the targets aimed principally at increasing racial and cultural diversity within the conservation field, the committee’s responsibilities are:
- To develop internal engagement and education processes or resources
- To increase advocacy and partnerships with allied and international professionals
- To enhance recruitment, growth, and retention practices for under-represented members
- To ensure sustainability of efforts