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In September 2018, the ALGA Board of Directors approved the following Nondiscrimination Policy, based on recommendations from the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee:
It is the policy of ALGA to leverage its talent and diversity to foster an inclusive and equitable organization that is free from discrimination and harassment against individuals and groups of individuals on the bases of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship status, marital or family status, disability, veteran status, age, or any other protected status under federal, state, provincial, or local laws. In addition, ALGA promotes diversity for those characteristics of our members and member organizations including size of organization, geographic region, type of jurisdiction, and experience. Other protected statuses that exist under federal, state, provincial, or local laws may also provide guidance to ALGA leadership in pursuing the organization’s goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
ALGA is committed to a policy eliminating discrimination in all its activities. These include but are not limited to the following: offering and conducting trainings, programs, and social events; recruiting new members, presenters, and vendors; and selecting board members, committee chairs, committee members, speakers, authors, and award winners. For people with disabilities, ALGA shall provide reasonable accommodations needed for effective participation in the organization.
ALGA defines "discrimination" as any act or failure to act, the effect of which adversely affects or adversely differentiates against organizations, individuals, or groups of individuals on any of the bases listed above. The following actions or activities which constitute discrimination or harassment toward individuals or groups of individuals include but are not limited to epithets, slurs, stereotyping, jokes, or threatening, intimidating, or hostile language or behavior.
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is in the process of working on the complaint procedures. If you have comments or questions about this policy, please contact the ALGA President or DEI Committee.