As ADTA members, we are inspired by and supportive of the current proactive changes within our community to address the structural and institutional inequities that we have enculturated. The sociopolitical climate has brought to the forefront ways in which racism, economic disparity, trauma and pain; compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, are reflected in the ADTA.
We are aware that there have been some assumptions, blame and hurtful sentiments to our BIPOC members regarding the resignation of Paul Sevett. This is not only disrespectful of Paul’s choice, it is a continuation of a culture that harms all of our members. These behaviors don’t embody the community we as members aspire to become nor do they align with the ADTA Code of Ethics to which we have committed.
We are committed to meeting our current challenges as an opportunity for all of us to grow into a more resilient, effective and connected community. Recognizing that change can be difficult, it is essential that ADTA members support the ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion work of the organization. By signing this invitation to action, we invite you to be a part of this change:
*Stay informed about ADTA’s Diversity, Equity, and inclusion Initiatives: https://adta.memberclicks.net/diversity--advocacy----social-justice
*Join an ADTA committee: https://www.adta.org/committees
*Engage in personal anti-oppressive reflection, education, and practices
*Commit to be involved in future action steps.
We understand the work can be messy and uncomfortable. We acknowledge that we all stumble, have blind spots, and have layers of personal bias to unravel. Regardless of our intent, these are hard truths that have to be explored. Together, we can hold ourselves accountable to move forward.
By signing this invitation to action, you commit to joining us to support our BIPOC colleagues and to take action to move the ADTA towards a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community.
Nancy Beardall, Robyn Flaum Cruz, Julia Cuccaro-Green, Melody Gamba, Amber Gray, Kalila B. Homann, Pamela Faith Lerman, Dawn Morningstar, Ariele Riboh, and Susan Orkand