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Statement on Advancing AAPOR’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives

Sadly, we continue to see hate crimes and violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders ‎‎(AAPI) that have led to deaths and increased uncertainty, suffering, and fear for individuals, their ‎families, and communities across our country. AAPOR strongly condemns racism, sexism, harassment, ‎hate crimes, injustices, and any other form of discrimination, mistreatment, or inequality. ‎
Documenting these tragedies and finding ways to reduce hate and its consequences – indeed, ‎understanding public opinion – are the job of researchers like those in our ranks. The need for high-‎quality data and research has never been greater. The range of areas in which research is needed ‎continues to grow, fueled by the pandemic and by violence toward marginalized and vulnerable ‎individuals.‎
AAPOR’s Inclusion and Equity Committee (IEC) was established by this year’s Executive Council to ‎create, implement, and maintain programs that promote the inclusion of diverse AAPOR members and ‎ensure that members of marginalized groups receive equitable opportunities, recognition, and ‎support within the organization. The IEC will work to infuse inclusion and equity strategies into all ‎facets of AAPOR’s organization and practices including:‎
  • Culture and communication
  • Outreach, with a focus on talent-pipeline planning and membership diversification
  • Learning and professional development ‎
  • Affinity groups
  • Nominations and awards
  • Metrics and accountability
We are eager for AAPOR, led by the IEC, to develop and implement the intentional strategies that will ‎help strengthen our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We continue to welcome your ‎thoughts and ideas in these efforts. Please do not hesitate to share your thoughts during AAPOR’s ‎annual business meeting at the virtual conference, by meeting with the IEC chairs during the IEC coffee ‎break at the virtual conference, or by emailing the Executive Council. ‎