Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Accessibility

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Accessibility Town Hall

View the recording of the first annual report from ACHA's DEIJA Committee to learn more about the committee's work, how DEIJA relates to the ACHA strategic plan, and next steps for the future of the association.

Recorded on March 5, 2024

James Wilkinson, MA, CAE, Chief Executive Officer at ACHA
Padma Entsuah, MPH, CHES, Chair of the ACHA DEIJA Committee
Roger Moreno, Director of Strategy and Innovation at MSM Consulting

Download the slides here [PDF].

About the Committee

DEIJA is the first of the 4 pillars of the ACHA Strategic Plan. As such, the work of this committee is a priority of the Board of Directors, and  its success is paramount to the realization of the plan.

The DEIJA Committee will work with a DEIJA expert consultant contracted by the national office to undertake a top-to-bottom assessment of the organization (Member communications, practices, policies, procedures, training, HR, etc.) to eliminate bias and increase inclusivity; to implement remaining recommendations of the 2021 RMHI report (details below); to develop an annual survey, and annual KPI Progress report; and to lay out a long term plan for ACHA’s DEIJA journey.

The DEIJA Committee may also be asked for feedback on, or to tasked to review, other ACHA programs, policies or activities to ensure our DEIJA aspirations are incorporated, goals defined, and progress measured.

If you would like to learn more about this group or have a question related to this topic, contact the chairperson listed below. Please search by last name in the Membership Directory to locate an email address or contact them through the online member forum ACHA Connect. [login required]

Please note: ACHA Regular Individual and Student members may be appointed by the ACHA President to Board Advisory Committees and Ad Hoc Committees (usually Task Forces) unless otherwise specified in the ACHA Bylaws. Associate members may not be appointed to these committees.

View committee and task force charges here.

Racial Marginalization and Health Inequities Task Force Final Report

During the 2020-2021 year, the Racial Marginalization and Health Inequities Task Force began the work of helping ACHA as an organization move forward. They produced a comprehensive report with data and recommendations. This report was reviewed during the Spring 2021 board meeting and accepted unanimously by the board. Since that time, the executive committee began the work to address the recommendations. See the Board of Directors’ Response to the ACHA Racial Marginalization and Health Inequities Task Force Final Report (November 18, 2021).

Additional Resources

Looking for more DEIJA resources? Check out the links below:

Volunteer LeaderOrganizationPositionAlpha by Last Name
Padma A. Entsuah, MPH, CHESColumbia UniversityChairENTSUAH, PADMADEIJA_COM
Tanya McMillanAmerican College Health AssociationStaff LiaisonMCMILLAN, TANYADEIJA_COM
Alicia K. Czachowski, EdD, CHESColumbia UniversityMemberCZACHOWSKI, ALICIADEIJA_COM
Kim A. Webb, M.Ed, LPCWashington University In Saint LouisMemberWEBB, KIMDEIJA_COM
Nadine M. Aktan, Rutgers UniversityRutgers University - New BrunswickMemberAKTAN, NADINEDEIJA_COM
Daniela Recabarren, PhD, LPUniversity of North Carolina - CharlotteMemberRECABARREN, DANIELADEIJA_COM
Michele F. Richardson, M.Div., Th.M., MBABowie State UniversityMemberRICHARDSON, MICHELEDEIJA_COM