The Strategic Framework outlines the vision, goals, strategies, objectives, and guiding principle of the organization’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. This is both within the organization and in our intersections and interactions with people we support, families, employees, and external stakeholders. It also provides a clear structure for focusing our actions and ensuring they are meaningful, targeted, and lead to sustained, deep, and powerful change. Altogether, it charts a course for building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization.
The framework is grounded in our mission and core values. Our DEI goals reaffirm that our mission and core values are foundational to who we are. They continue to represent who we want to be as an organization, even as we put greater emphasis on our work in DEI.
Recognizing all dimensions of human differences. In the broadest sense, diversity refers to the inclusion of all historically marginalized people regardless of racial and ethnic background, disability, gender and gender identity, sexuality, nationality, religious beliefs, age, and socioeconomic status among others.
Guaranteeing identical distribution of resources regardless of the above-mentioned differences. Equality focuses on perceived fairness and is different from equity.
Recognizes that all people do not start from the same place and focuses on adjusting imbalances, giving each person what they need to succeed. Imbalances focus on access, opportunity, and support.
The practice of creating spaces, in and outside an organization, that celebrate and recognize the value of diversity. Of great importance is including people who have historically been excluded at all levels of the organization (representation) and ensuring that everyone can achieve their full potential regardless of difference.
Overarching DEI Goal
Areas of Focus
To become the culturally competent, human service organization of choice for all people who value diversity, equity, and inclusion in the IDD community.
DEI Strategies and Objectives
Actions List / Progress
CLICK HERE for a list of initial actions that we will pursue to implement the DEI strategies and objectives outlined above. The actions are organized under AHRC’s three main DEI goals. All items are coded by the timeframe anticipated as defined above. Completed items also are identified to maintain a complete history of our DEI initiatives.