The ACPA Governing Board Leader Nomination and Election process is an opportunity to ensure that people with the necessary competencies are leading ACPA and providing governance that will secure the future of the organization, fulfill the objectives of the association, and deliver long lasting sustainable benefits and results. It is also an opportunity to try to ensure that from the outset as many leaders as possible have diversity, equity, and inclusion understandings and competencies, as well as commitment and confidence to deliver on the explicit strategic priorities of ACPA.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion skills are critical requirements of leadership in ACPA. Embedding and integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion into core or mainstream activities is a competence organizations have struggled with in the past, but ACPA has a legacy and a commitment to get this right. ACPA members of color, indigenous, trans members, women, members with disabilities, and members with other minoritized or silenced identities are encouraged to apply. This commitment is even more important given ACPA's centering of the Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice and Decolonization.
The capability for getting this right must include knowledge, skills and experience engaging and partnering with individuals and groups from multiple identities and the capacity to integrate a diversity of views and information into the decision-making of leadership. Ultimately, ACPA is acting as a champion for students, faculty and other staff and their interests, ensuring high standards of quality and consistency of support and growth for all.