PSIA-AASI Creates Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force
PSIA-AASI stands in solidarity with the Black community. We stand against racism. We stand for justice and in support of people who – because of the color of their skin – have been treated unjustly by so many for so long. We must act now for racial equality, driven by recent events but also because it’s simply the right thing to do. We know action means change. We also know we must continue these critical conversations for the good of the PSIA-AASI community.
As an education organization for ski and snowboard instructors, we can and should do more to educate on the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion within our sphere of influence. Continuing to have frank, open, and honest conversations with one another inside and outside of our organization is a start, but it can’t end with words alone.
Today, PSIA-AASI is more committed than ever to its vision of “Creating lifelong adventures through education” and its goal statement of “Members benefit from participating in a diverse professional community.” Through Tuesday, June 9, your PSIA-AASI Board of Directors continues to meet virtually to assess the association’s current strengths and chart its future path and opportunities.
We recognize that, together, we must do more than create a blanket statement of support and solidarity for communities of color and others who are underrepresented within the snowsports industry. One immediate result is that PSIA-AASI has created a new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force.
Please know that we understand that the creation of this task force is just one small step, and the first step, of a larger action plan to help us truly bring to life an education culture and a community that is more supportive of, and connected with, all goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion.