President William D. Gaillard appointed the AES Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Taskforce during the spring of 2020. After several months of thoughtful deliberation, its recommendations were presented to and adopted by the AES Board of Directors in December. This puts into action the reaffirmation of our Society's commitment to these values.
The Board adopted the Statement of Strategic Issues prepared by the taskforce (below) and created a permanent committee dedicated to fostering and accelerating diversity, equity, and inclusion in our Society's work. This committee will report directly to the Board of Directors and its chair will serve as an ex officio member of the Board.
You will hear more about the taskforce and committee's work in the coming months, along with updates on how these core values are being woven into AES priorities at all levels, from our new strategic plan to the day-to-day activities of the Society.
In the meantime, we encourage you to take time to explore two videos that were recorded during AES2020. Both feature DEI Taskforce leaders discussing these important issues.
- What AES Can Do to Support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion? Manisha N. Patel, PhD, and Howard P. Goodkin, MD, PhD (~27 minutes)
- Making Change: Updates from the AES Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce Lori L. Isom, PhD; Elizabeth A. Felton, MD, PhD; and Farah D. Lubin, PhD (~11 minutes)