Position Statement on Human Diversity

The Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) actively promotes the respect for and the value of human diversity within the organization and through the professional actions of its members. As an organization, we strive to promote inclusive environments characterized by respect, understanding, and acceptance of cultural similarities and differences through all aspects of our operation. As individual members, we are committed to our own continued growth around multicultural issues and are intentional about integrating diversity into all aspects of our work.  In recognition of these basic tenets, the AASP member:
 

  1. Demonstrates attitudes of dignity and respect, toward all colleagues, students, and clients regarding their individual and cultural diversity. Diversity broadly includes but is not limited to, age, ability status, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, national origin, race, religion/spirituality, sexual identity, socio-economic status, or other social identities and/or individual characteristics.
     
  2. Does not discriminate, either openly or subtly, on the basis of age, ability status, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, national origin, race, religion/spirituality, sexual identity, socio-economic status, or other social identities and/or individual characteristics.
     
  3. Does not make or tolerate remarks or inferences that reflect disrespect for individuals or groups based on age, ability status, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, national origin, race, religion/spirituality, sexual identity, socio-economic status, physical or cultural bias, or other social identities and/or individual characteristics, and takes steps to address and resolve situations if they become aware that a breach (inadvertent or otherwise) has been made.
     
  4. Actively promotes human diversity in research. Examples include studying diverse populations and exercising caution when generalizing the results across cultures.
     
  5. Promotes diversity in membership by actively encouraging and supporting individuals with diverse backgrounds to join and participate in the functions of the organization.
     
  6. Is committed to and pursues lifelong education and training in multicultural competence and standards of practice to best serve the diverse clientele in sport and exercise psychology consulting.
     
  7. Demonstrates active commitment to equity and multicultural representation throughout AASP in publications, conference presentations (including content and speakers), professional activities and organizational leadership positions.

 

updated March 2016

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