ALAO is dedicated to providing an inclusive, equitable, respectful and open environment. We welcome all participants regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, status as a veteran, or other federal, state, or local protected class. Our association appreciates the diversity of our members and the strength their identities and experience bring to our organization. We ask everyone to abide by the following standards of interactions as a commitment to our values.
Help us provide an inclusive organization.
- Acknowledge, recognize, and treat everyone equally and fairly, irrespective of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, employment class, education, disability, and/or age.
- Include everyone as an equal and valuable team member. Encourage participation and feedback and strive to make everyone feel that they matter and belong. Let others know their work is meaningful and appreciated.
- Be compassionate: consider others’ perspectives and how your actions and words affect everyone; remember that we are all still learning.
- Practice humility: ask for help and support others when the need arises; admit mistakes and avoid being defensive when receiving feedback. Be teachable.
- Hold yourself accountable: be willing to explain your behaviors and views as well as to listen to others’ perceptions of your behaviors and views; be willing to hold others accountable for their behaviors and views.
- Communicate professionally and respectfully: share feedback and respond to others calmly and thoughtfully with compassion; consider your tone and body language; be as careful about how you say something as you are about what you say; make others feel safe both physically and psychologically. Be considerate of others’ time and respect confidentiality when necessary.
- Practice active listening with an open mind, free from judgment. Listen to learn and to understand. Acknowledge and respect that people communicate in different styles. Let others finish speaking before formulating your response. Do not interrupt. Do not monopolize the discussion.
- Identify assumptions, biases, and inferences. Ask questions to understand others’ comments, perspectives and point of view.
- Be willing to discuss difficult issues: find an appropriate time and place; explain the impact of the words and behavior and what needs to be done to resolve the conflict; negotiate to find a solution.
- Be willing to take a break, or step back from a situation if you are overwhelmed to give yourself space to process conversations and situations. Allow others to step back from a conversation if they choose.
- Avoid the use of sexual language and imagery, including in talks, workshops, receptions, Twitter and other online media.
-- Approved by ALAO Executive Board (November 20, 2020)