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DEI Task Force Charge & Goals


In September 2021, APPA’s Executive Committee formed a Task Force to focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). With this commitment, the 2021-2022 APPA Board of Directors identified one of its high priority initiatives to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion principles and practices within APPA. This action reflects APPA’s commitment to prepare for every future by formalizing its past and current practices around equity and inclusiveness for the association. Moreover, through this action APPA demonstrates a sustained and comprehensive commitment to establish an organizational climate that is just and inclusive – regardless of individual differences, beliefs, or identities.

The Task Force worked diligently and presented its final report in two phases for the Board’s consideration. The final report and foundational recommendations were approved in February and July 2022, respectively, for the APPA Board and professional staff to make long term progress in support of this important initiative.


The APPA Board set the following three goals for the Task Force work:

  • Evaluate current opportunities for APPA to become more welcoming, inclusive, and diverse
  • Identify barriers that have hindered APPA’s progress in this area
  • Recommend strategies for APPA to increase its diversity and inclusion in such areas as programs, board composition, and volunteer opportunities