The American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED), a 501c6 membership organization, is the longest-standing national civil rights organization of professionals who engage in the important work of leading, directing and managing affirmative action, equal opportunity, diversity programs. At the core of our collective work is engaging in advocacy to promote and protect policies that are meant to ensure equity and inclusion in all spheres of opportunity.
Founded in 1974 as the American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA), the association shifted its name to the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED) to encompass a wider range of issues and in recognition of the changing nature of the professional work and titles of our members.
AAAED is an active advocate for affirmative action and other equal opportunity laws to enhance the tenants of access, inclusion and equality in employment, economic and educational opportunities.
The composition of our membership reflects our commitment to access and inclusion. AAAED members include Institutional Equity professionals, EEO/AA practitioners, Title IX Coordinators, Inclusive Excellence, and Diversity and Inclusion staff, company presidents, CEOs, partners, principals, deans and Chief Diversity Officers, students and retirees.
Through the years we have developed an array of services that have grown in number, quality and excellence to focus on timeliness and relevance: