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. 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. In order to achieve a diverse committee, considerations will be given to candidates’ characteristics, backgrounds, experience, and how candidates may complement the current committee members. The committee works with an AIC Board Liaison and an F/AIC Staff Liaison.
The AIC Board reviews and approves the committee’s recommendations for new members. The committee is led by co-chairs who are appointed by the committee. Each co-chair serves for one three-year term.
The Equity & Inclusion Committee will work in concert with the AIC Board and staff on six main areas of focus, encompassing both short- and long-term goals. 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” and by the committee’s strategic plan. The committee’s strategic plan should be revised at least every 5 years. The targets of the committee’s work are aimed principally at increasing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) within AIC and the wider conservation field. The committee’s responsibilities are:
- To foster an inclusive and welcoming organizational culture within AIC
- To increase DEIA training and resources for AIC members
- To integrate DEIA into all AIC programs
- 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
Charge revised approved by the AIC Board February 2021.