“You don’t have to be one of those people that accepts things as they are. Every day, take responsibility for changing them right where you are.”
– Cory Booker
Blog Post: In Celebration of Global Diversity Month
Every October, Global Diversity Awareness Month is a reminder of the positive impact a diverse culture of people can have on society as a whole. The month’s focus is an opportunity to highlight AMADC’s own commitment to diversity.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Marketing
We are part of a larger initiative to create change within the marketing world. See more community initiatives going on today by visiting the AMA website.
Our guiding principles are to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization as one AMA.
AMADC has adopted the AMA Chapter Pledge:
We believe marketing has the power to make a difference. As innovators, strategizers, ambassadors, and storytellers, we shape narratives that communicate value, create meaning, and establish societal norms.
As chapter leaders in the AMA, we recognize that there is inequity in our marketing community and organization and that we can do more to address these gaps. The catalyst of our actions stems from the unjust murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other lives lost due to police brutality. Our inaction and silence in the past have resulted in hurt, exclusion, and harm in ways that we cannot measure. Still, we are committed to rectifying this and ensuring that our efforts are sustainable and far-reaching.
We will use our platform to better help individuals and companies support diversity, equity, and inclusion in the industry, beginning with centering and amplifying the voices of our black, brown, and indigenous communities (BIPOC). As a chapter of the American Marketing Association and as marketers representing a diverse set of industries and disciplines:
- We commit to recruiting and retaining BIPOC representation within our board of directors, leadership teams, volunteers, and membership.
- We commit to increasing BIPOC representation throughout our products and services, thought leadership, campaigns, programming, and distribution networks.
- We commit to building a pipeline of marketers that reflect the demographics of the populations we serve.
- We commit to partnering with organizations that value diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- We commit to further educating ourselves as to the plight of racial injustice and will use our platform to facilitate courageous conversations that promote anti-bias and anti-racism within the marketing community.
Together, we will use the power of our collective voices to outline the roles marketers can play in standing for and delivering on inclusion; the ideals, values, and principles that promote equality, respect, and unity.
Our DEI Mission Statement
As innovators, strategizers, ambassadors, and storytellers, marketers shape narratives that communicate value, create meaning and establish societal norms.
AMADC strives to build a diverse, equitable, and inclusive marketing community that is reflective of the populations we serve in Washington, DC Metro. We will do this by creating an enriching and supportive member experience that enables all members regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, abilities, or faith to thrive and succeed.
Message to the DC Marketing Community
Dear DC Marketer,
Over the past few days, we’ve observed events around the world and in our community with concern. It is clear that more needs to be done to address unequal justice and discrimination in our country. One thing is for sure – silence is not the answer. The American Marketing Association strives to be the most relevant force and voice, shaping the field of marketing. It is clear that our diversity is what makes AMADC great, so when injustice rattles our members and community we must act!
As next-generation marketers, we implore each one of you to take a moment to further educate yourselves and examine what you can do to address these matters as professionals. In the coming days, the AMADC Board will announce ways that we can best support our community and each other during this time. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., ” Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.”
We are holding ourselves accountable for this support and are open to positive suggestions further to serve our members and community as a whole.
We are still at the very beginning stages of our journey. We will be communicating our activities in AMADC emails and here on our website.
For any questions or if want to get involved, please contact us at email@example.com.
We welcome you to join us!
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