AIM has always celebrated differences and was founded on the principles of shedding labels and breaking down artificial barriers. At our core, we are dedicated to building and sustaining equity by actively embracing diversity in our community. Our approach to the critical work of equity and inclusion is driven by our values of respect, unity, and empathy. We recognize, reflect upon, and are meaningfully informed by the plurality of experiences that each student, family, and staff/faculty member brings to our community. We embrace all forms of identity including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and class, faith and belief, age, ability, learning differences, and the broad range of human experiences and perspectives.
Our strength is in our ability to engage in open dialogue, question, examine assumptions, collaborate, embrace challenges, attune to all voices, and seek to understand one another. We are regularly working to increase the cultural responsiveness of our curriculum, professional development opportunities for faculty and staff, and thoughtful community programming. We recognize that a commitment to equity and diversity requires attention across all layers of the institution in order to assure that our values are reflected in every aspect of our community. We are a community where everyone’s differences are acknowledged, respected, and celebrated so that all members are safe being themselves and all voices are sought and heard. This strategic and research-driven focus on equity and inclusion is essential for AIM to fully realize its mission to provide extraordinary educational opportunities.