Diversity & Inclusion
At the 2021 IAAO Annual Conference IAAO released the following video on diversity featuring 2021 IAAO President Greg McHenry, AAS, and 2021 Diversity & Inclusion Task Force Chair Opal Hudson.
Earlier in 2021 IAAO launched a demographic data collection campaign in 2021 asking members to update their member profile information. The profile page requests additional member information than previously collected and the information will be used to assess IAAO’s current membership makeup and highlight the rich diversity of our current global community.
All answers are optional, and all submitted information will remain confidential and only be released in aggregate form, such as, “XX% of members report they are elected.”
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In 2020 IAAO President Amy Rasmussen asked the Board of Directors and IAAO to launch a series of activities to recruit black and minority candidates into the assessment and tax policy profession in order to make the assessment industry more reflective of our communities.
In addition, IAAO began work to engage and welcome those candidates into the ranks of IAAO, foster their development into IAAO designated assessment professionals, provide expanded volunteer positions for previously underrepresented populations in the IAAO, and finally, provide new pathways to leadership positions in IAAO, both in our volunteer and professional staff ranks.
Also beginning in 2021 IAAO approved funding for a scholarship to assist an individual underrepresented in the association to
attend IAAO’s Annual Conference & Exhibition and will continue in 2022.
IAAO is asking members for the demographic information to get a better idea of who our members are to better tailor our programs and events. IAAO's goal is to have a better idea of who our members are and who is in the industry to ensure that we reflect the jurisdictions we represent.