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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at AVIXA and throughout the Audiovisual Industry

Unconscious Bias Training

Training comprises a critical component of any successful DEI strategy with the ultimate goal of driving learning within your organization, shifting behavior and creating meaningful and impactful change within your organization. Raising awareness of unconscious bias and the steps individuals can take to prevent biased attitudes and behaviors from interfering with workplace decisions and interactions. Watch the video now presented by NonProfit HR.

Inclusive language acknowledges diversity, conveys respect to all, is sensitive to differences, and promotes equality. It helps us to avoid biases perpetuated by words and phrases that can reinforce stereotypes and create false power dynamics, fostering environments anathema to the true values and diversity of the AV Industry. Speaking and writing in impartial ways enables us to better resonate with audiences, build more open relationships, and forge new connections.


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Here Are 4 Ways Companies Can Make Workplaces More LGBTQ Inclusive

According to Guardian’s Workforce 2020 report, nearly 12 million Americans identify as LGBTQ. Yet, while 6 in 10 employers say diversity and inclusion (D&I) is a priority for their company, only 1 in 3 employers have initiatives, policies or a D&I team in place.

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Best Practices for Non-Binary Inclusion in the Workplace

This following guide details a variety of specific best practices for creating welcoming workplace environments for non-binary employees.

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Glossary of LGBTQ Terms

Knowing the right words and phrases to say is an important part of the work towards full LGBTQ equality. This glossary of terms is a great way to advance your LGBTQ competency.

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Use of Pronouns in the Workplace

A "pronoun" line might be followed by "she/her," "he/his," "they/them," or other designations. It indicates how the person identifies and wants to be referred to in communications. It can be an easy-to-implement tool in your efforts to create an inclusive culture at your nonprofit, but it shouldn’t stand alone.

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Use of Pronouns in the Workplace | Gender Inclusivity

Pronouns are adjacent to our names. They’re a part of how people refer to us at home, work, and in community spaces. It is a sign of respect to ensure we’re getting someone’s pronouns right.

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How to write more inclusive job descriptions

Whether you’re writing a job description, social job ad, email, text message or video job ad script, it’s important that each and every communication is unbiased and inclusive.

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How disability diversity in the workplace can improve productivity

Three words are ever-present in business right now: diversity, equity and inclusion. For businesses across industries, there is pressing customer demand for companies and leaders to take a stand on these issues and act on their promises.

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Equity And Accessibility In The Workplace

While cultural, gender and age-related challenges and those of racial and sexual identity exclusion are often considered, some concepts tend to get regulated into the background. Two of those are accessibility and equity, but they are equally important to consider when implementing a comprehensive diversity initiative.

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Neurodiversity as a Competitive Advantage

Many people with neurological conditions such as autism spectrum disorder and dyslexia have extraordinary skills, including in pattern recognition, memory, and mathematics. Yet they often struggle to fit the profiles sought by employers.

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Where 75% of workers are on the autistic spectrum

Our brains don’t all work the same way. One New York-based software company sees that as a competitive advantage.

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What’s Your Pronoun? Strategies for Inclusion in the Workplace

The following Out & Equal resource is focused on practical guidance on how to implement successful practices and norms around pronouns in the workplace.

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Steps to Incorporate Diversity and Inclusion

As companies of all sizes grapple with the urgent and complex issues brought on by the pandemic, such as employee and customer safety, revenue slowdowns, business delays and employee downsizing, the commitment to workforce equity might tumble to a distant consideration.

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How to Be an Inclusive Leader

Wharton Dean Erika James and AT&T’s Corey Anthony speak with Wharton’s Stephanie Creary about inclusive leadership during a time of crisis.

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Get Serious about Diversity

Proclaiming support for diversity in the workplace is easy. It's hard to find a company that hasn't professed support for the idea of an inclusive workplace this year.

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5 Reasons to Focus on Workplace Equity Alongside Diversity and Inclusion

Does every employee in your organization have a level playing field? This is what the concept of workplace equity tries to address.

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7 keys to a successful diversity and inclusion initiative

Today's workforce is calling for a stop to bias and prejudice, and business and HR leaders need to take effective action. Here's a look at diversity initiative best practices.

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The Role for Boards and CEOs – Driving Diversity and Inclusion

The case for diversity in corporate leadership has never been stronger. To learn more, Russell Reynolds Associates spoke to nearly 60 directors and senior executives at large global companies across 10 countries who have helped foster change in their organizations.

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Diverse employees are struggling the most during COVID-19—here’s how companies can respond

New global research shows that despite companies’ recent efforts, diverse employees need more. Businesses should ask themselves new questions for a changed workplace.

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6 Examples of Diverse and Inclusive Companies

Learn from these six companies to build your own diversity-and-inclusion policy.

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CEO Pledge for Inclusion and Diversity

The Ascent CEO Promise seeks to marshal leaders in the business events community around issues of inclusion and diversity. Building upon global efforts, The Ascent CEO Promise outlines actions that organizations and companies have taken or will take to create more inclusive and equitable workplaces and events.

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CEO ACTION group pledge – FORTUNE 500s

CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ aims to rally the business community to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace.

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National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education

NADOHE serves as the preeminent voice for diversity officers in higher education by supporting our collective efforts to lead our institutions.

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IAEE Diversity Equality & Inclusion Committee Charge

The concept of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is to focus attention on the needs of individuals in our industry and membership who feel they are discriminated against

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Diversity Inclusion Roadmap by Urban Institute

To advance our mission, the Urban Institute seeks to attract and support diversity of backgrounds, experience, talent, and thought.

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Accenture’s Commitment to Inclusion & Diversity

Accenture’s commitment to our people and to accelerating equality for all has never been more relevant than it is today – to drive the innovation agenda and act as responsible business leaders.

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McKinsey & Company 10 Actions Toward Racial Equity

In 2020, McKinsey put forth a public commitment to anti-racism and social justice.

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From Diversity to Inclusion to Equity

Many associations have committed to becoming more diverse and inclusive organizations, but D+I initiatives haven’t fully eliminated barriers for underrepresented people. It’s time to embrace equity.

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Meet Vijita U.G.

It’s Women’s History month, and in the 2021 trend of celebrating diverse AV "overcomers" and challengers, we showcase the AV maven, Vijita U.G. of NuTech Group.

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AV Celebrates Black History Month | Alesia Hendley

Alesia Hendley joins Tim Albright to discuss her experiences as a woman of color, the challenges she has encountered during her career, and how she worked through them.

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To the Symco Inc. Team & Frank M Culotta, CTS

The #AVIXADIVERSITY & Women's Council thank you for hosting us at Boston and NYC's shows and welcoming The Loop Lab and Lincoln Tech to your network!

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And the Award Goes To….Latoya Lewis

Latoya recently shared with AVIXA that she is the inaugural individual recipient of the Event Industry Council's 2020 Social Impact Award. A career highlight to put it lightly!

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AV Celebrates Black History Month | Vanessa Calhoun

Diversified's Vanessa Calhoun joins Tim Albright to talk about how she got into the AV to discuss her experience as a woman of color in the industry, the need for diversity in AV, and more.

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AV Celebrates Black History Month | Mike Blackman

Mike Blackman of Integrated Systems Europe joins Tim Albright to discuss how he found his way into the AV industry, and his role in growing ISE.

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AV Celebrates Black History Month | William Brown

William Brown joins Tim Albright to discuss how he found his way into the AV industry, his experience as a man of color during his career and more.

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AV Celebrates Black History Month | Wallace Johnson

Wallace Johnson joins Tim Albright to discuss his start in the AV industry, the crossover of AV and the live event space and more.

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AV Celebrates Black History Month | Robert Rasberry

Rob Rasberry, chats with Tim Albright to discuss how he got his start in AV through the higher education space and the importance of diversity within the industry and more.

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AV Celebrates Black History Month | Rachael Harris

Rachael Harris chats with Tim Albright and discusses her path into the AV industry, the bridge between theater and AV, and how she has handled race when it has come up in her journey.

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AV Celebrates Black History Month | Alexis La Broi

In this episode, Alexis La Broi, CTS, Director of Sales, Mid-Atlantic and New England for VER and a part of 2021 AVIXA's Board of Directors joins Tim Albright to discuss her journey in AV.

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AV Celebrates Black History Month | Anthony Watson

Senior AV Systems Engineer for University of Southern California Anthony Watson joins Tim Albright to discuss working in higher ed, his journey into AV, overcoming the biases of prejudice and more.

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AV Celebrates Black History Month | Jasmine West

Jasmine West of Conference Technologies joins AVNation's Tim Albright to discuss her journey into AV.

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AV Celebrates Black History Month | Willie Franklin

Willie Franklin of Otterbein University joins AVNation's Tim Albright to discuss the process of teaching technology in higher education, his start in AV and experiences in the industry.

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Inspiring Hope With The Loop Lab | AVIXA Spotlight

Christopher Hope was inspired to mentor and provide a pathway to the audiovisual industry to youth who needed a helping hand to maximize their potential.

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Diversity Council Spotlight - Cindy Davis

By Charmaine Torruella

Read Cindy Davis's story about being on the AVIXA Diversity Council!

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Diversity Council Spotlight - Johanna Ocampo

By Charmaine Torruella

The AVIXA Diversity council would like to Recognize & Honor our council member, Johanna Ocampo.

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Diversity Council Spotlight - Columbus Jones

By Charmaine Torruella

The AVIXA Diversity council would like to Recognize & Honor our council member, Columbus Jones.

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Diversity Council Spotlight - JoAnn Arcenal

By Charmaine Torruella

See why JoAnn Arcenal, CTS, DSCE is lending her strong and persistent voice in the AV industry to the #AVIXADIVERSITY council.

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Diversity Council Spotlight - Ryan Smith

By Charmaine Torruella

Meet Ryan Smith and read why he became part of the Diversity Council.

“We know there is a lot of work to do to improve diversity in our industry, and it can’t be achieved overnight, but I can pledge to you that AVIXA is dedicated to this action and will continue to share our progress along the way.”

– David Labuskes, CEO

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