Strengthening Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ)

POSTED: August 16, 2021Category: General, AISA ArticlesBY: Steve

The values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice are values enshrined in AISA’s founding documents. For instance, AISA’s core beliefs state that we believe that:

  • Being open to differences leads to knowledge and understanding
  • All individuals have intrinsic worth
  • Nurturing is necessary for growth and change
  • Personal fulfilment derives from defining a sense of purpose and making connections through service to others
  • A sense of belonging enables people and communities to thrive
  • All people want to learn, and people learn differently
  • When people work together better outcomes are more likely
  • The development of international-mindedness is fundamental to being successful in an interconnected world

But while these values have implicitly shaped the vision and mission of AISA, we want to be more explicit in living and promoting these values, which is why Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) is a new strategic focus within our Wellbeing for All programme.

The wider goal of AISA’s DEIJ work is to contribute in authentic and meaningful ways to the lack of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice within the global international school sector. Within the Africa region, the goal of AISA’s DEIJ programme is to enhance the effectiveness of AISA schools in promoting a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and just community for all educators, school leaders, co-professionals and students in a manner that is contextually relevant and that results in sustainable change.

Though AISA may not have the power or remit to solve deep and long-standing issues of injustice, we can provide valuable support, resources and training needed by the AISA community to embark on an authentic journey of transformation. This is a journey that requires multiple voices from our community to act as leaders and advocates for diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. To that end, AISA is establishing a DEIJ Design Team who will serve as an advisory body to the AISA leadership in the planning, delivery and evaluation of our DEIJ programme.

If you would like to join AISA’s DEIJ Design Team, please review the team’s Terms of Reference and Click Here to apply. Applications close on 31st August 2021.

AISA has a number of learning events and online community groups in which you can learn about how to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in your school. Please visit the DEIJ webpage to find out more.

Written by:
Chanel Worsteling
AISA Child Protection and Wellbeing Programme Manager

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