Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) Strategies

To make our strategy meaningful, and to accomplish our goals of diversity within the march and in science, we commit to the following:

  • Building an advisory board of external experts in inclusivity, diversity, equity and accessibility that will serve to guide and advise the Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) committee and the march organizers about best practices in this area.
  • Educating and training ourselves in the challenges and best practices of diversity, inclusivity, equity and accessibility in science.
  • Dispatching trained IDEA Advocates that are organized by our IDEA Committee to represent the objectives and strategies of the IDEA within each of our organizing committees to uphold IDEA’s principles throughout the march.
  • Continuing to review, reassess, and discuss the often difficult issues and IDEA’s strategies to ensure we are making the revisions necessary to improve our own policies and approaches.

We recognize that each of these efforts require actions. And as we publish a statement communicating each of these, the philosophies, principles and associated behaviors must be dynamic enough to respond to experience and context. If you have any ideas, feedback or questions about our approach in this area, please email diversity@sciencemarchchicago.org, and help push forward these efforts. Chicago is a diverse and scientific city; our march should be no different.