Diversity and Inclusion Committee Statement

The mission of the newly launched International Academy of Mediators Committee on Diversity and Inclusion is:

“…to recognize that difference in perspectives, capabilities, and style are crucial to managing organizations and to providing mediation services in our diverse,  complex and evolving global. community. In this spirit, IAM is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in its membership, structure, and organizational work regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual. orientation,  gender identity, marital or veteran status.”

Without a doubt, we are beginning at a crucial time in the history of IAM and in the history of our world. This is a time for much heavy-lifting, and we will begin by accepting where we are and planning on where we need to go.

  • We lament the disregard for human lives as evidenced by the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmed Aubrey, and countless others who have been killed, persecuted, profiled, or oppressed due to the color of their skin.
  • We acknowledge the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the physical health and economic condition of the Black community.
  • We affirm the responsibility we have to use our time, talent, and skills as mediators to address racism, bias, and unfairness that affects and infects our professional and personal lives.

We invite members of the IAM community to join us in an open dialogue to share thoughts, concerns, strategies, and to actualize our commitment to humanity, justice, fairness and equality. Our first open dialogue is scheduled for Saturday, June 20th. We will send additional details and look forward to your participation.

Eleanor Barr, Co-chair
Gail Wright Sirmans, Co-chair
Joyce Mitchell
Andrea Morrison
Angela Tolbert
Paul Monicatti, Ex-officio
Marvin Johnson, Ex-officio
Jeff Krivis, Ex-officio