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DEI Committee
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in ALGA

Committee Objective and Vision

The objective of the DEI Committee is to promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive Association. In September of 2018, the Board approved the DEI Committee’s vision statement:

ALGA recognizes and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as inherent parts of its culture that contribute to its organizational strength.

At the September 2018 Board meeting, the Board approved the following definitions: 

Diversity: The condition that represents ALGA through different elements, which include, but are not limited to type of organization, region and shop size, age, experience, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability. 

Equity: A proactive approach to improve outcomes for all, free from historical bias or favoritism that recognizes structural differences and burdens.  

Inclusion: Embracing diversity and welcoming all through extended access and opportunities.

DEI Committee Responsibilities and Accomplishments

The DEI Committee’s responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Developing, maintaining, and periodically reassess an association-wide non-discrimination policy, a DEI strategic work plan, and goals for board approval that will drive positive DEI outcomes across ALGA.
  • Designing and implementing a methodology to create baseline ALGA membership diversity data against which to measure progress while protecting members’ privacy.
  • Working with committees to fill committee positions and speaker opportunities with members that enhance or meet diversity equity and inclusion goals.
  • Supporting the ALGA board and ALGA committees in understanding and furthering DEI goals related to their responsibilities.
  • Providing education on DEI issues to ALGA members. 

Since DEI Committee inception in April 2018 we have made significant progress towards our vision. Significant accomplishments include: 

  1. The development of ALGA’s Non-Discrimination Policy, which the Board approved in September 2018.
  2. Held a DEI Committee retreat and developed a multi-year strategic work plan with specific activities to advance DEI.
  3. Participated in the development of ALGA’s draft new strategic plan, mission and vision, which now include the advancement of DEI in ALGA.
  4. Worked with ALGA committees on surveys to help ensure conference speakers and ALGA leadership reflect ALGA’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
  5. Worked towards a more inclusive ALGA Conference: ALGA will offer conference participants with pronoun stickers and neutral bathrooms.
  6. Developed a plan to have a DEI committee member serve as a DEI liaison and resource on DEI issues to each ALGA committee.
  7. Established a forum on ALGA’s website to discuss and explore DEI topics.
  8. Featured audits with DEI issues in ALGA's monthly newsletter.
  9. Committee members published articles in ALGA's quarterly newsletters related to DEI.


Upcoming Events       

  • Look for DEI featured audits in the ALGA monthly newsletter. 
  • Watch for articles featuring DEI issues in ALGA's quarterly newsletter. 
  • 2019 Annual Conference: Attend the DEI focused General Session in the FAST format; a concurrent session on integrating race and social justice in your audits, and ALGA's Welcome Reception where we will play a game where you are sure to make many new friends. 

DEI Committee Seeking New Members!

Are you committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)? Do you want to build ALGA’s organizational capacity and share your knowledge of DEI? If so, we encourage you to fill out an application to join ALGA’s DEI Committee. We are looking for members passionate and knowledgeable about DEI issues to help us realize our vision, “ALGA recognizes and promotes diversity, equity and inclusion as inherent parts of its culture that contribute to its organizational strength.” As a member you will join monthly meetings and support at least one other ALGA committee in developing an equity lens while participating in other activities as needed. To apply, please complete this applicationIf you have questions, please contact DEI Committee Chair Virginia Garcia.






Members
Jamie Amos, Vice Chair
City Auditor's Office
Atlanta, GA

Virginia Garcia, Chair
Office of City Auditor
Seattle, WA
(206) 684-8367


David Givans

Internal Auditor
Deschutes County, OR

April Jordan
City Internal Auditor
Shreveport, LA

Megan Ko
King County Auditor's Office
King County, WA

Van Lee
Office of the City Auditor
Honolulu, HI
Diana Lynn
City Auditor's Office
Atlanta, GA

Jennifer McGuirk
Multnomah County Auditor
Multnomah County, OR

Jay Poole
Audit Services Department
Chesapeake, VA

Madison Rorschach
City Internal Auditor
College Station, TX

Alyassia Taylor
South Florida Water Management District
West Palm Beach, FL

Nia Young
City Auditor's Office
Atlanta, GA