The below statement is a revision proposed by the Diversity and Member Inclusion Committee of the current Diversity and Nondiscrimination Policy. The current policy can be read here . Members are welcome to provide thoughts and comments on the proposed revision. All comments should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than end of business Monday, April 26th. AWWA Policy Statement on Diversity and Inclusion AWWA strongly believes the success of our organization, industry, and society as a whole depends on the full engagement of its members. AWWA affirms its core principle of advancing Diversity and Inclusion by creating a culture that reflects the communities we serve, listening to our members, learning from their vast talents and experiences, and acting to expand our knowledge and vision by including diverse voices in our dialogue. To achieve these goals, AWWA: Commits: We encourage diversity of membership, leadership, and staff in all AWWA operating units. AWWA strongly recommends the adoption of diversity policies by all members and organizations in the water sector. These policies should promote volunteerism and provide employment opportunities encouraging the diversity of staff, membership, and leadership. Listens & Learns: By listening to our members, we learn about the unique challenges and needs of those in our industry and how we, as industry leaders, can work to address those challenges and needs. We are dedicated to the open exchange and incorporation of diverse ideas and perspectives. We believe the inclusion of diverse perspectives enhances our ability to serve our members and communities. Acts: We acknowledge that, by listening and learning, we will discover policies and practices that need to be incorporated to support a culture of Diversity and Inclusion. We will continually act to enhance our policies and practices to celebrate and encourage the expansion of our knowledge and vision. This may include, but is not limited to: increasing D&I training, sharing of best practices, and resources, amplifying visibility of D&I at all events and in all marketing and communications, increasing the number of Section-level D&I committees, collaborating with established D&I expert organizations, offering guidance for industry D&I efforts, implementing a D&I blueprint to be used to ensure D&I values are incorporated in board actions. The history of AWWA is the history of the people who have committed themselves to achieving the purpose set forth more than a century ago, now simply stated as creating a better world through better water. This is best achieved when we expand our voices and perspectives. Practices specified in this policy statement are consistent with all other pertinent AWWA policy statements. Adopted by the Board of Directors on Jan. 21, 2001, reaffirmed Jan.16, 2005, revised Jan. 17, 2010 and revised Jan. 22, 2012. Pending revision June 2021.