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Saturday, August 10 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Inclusion and Diversity: Creating A Framework For Conversations

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Over the last few years, AIN has been working to bolster its commitment to diversity and inclusion, reflecting on how our gatherings (e.g. at conferences) and connections support an inclusive international community that embraces explorations of difference as a key value.  Following the Oxford conference in 2016, members of the AIN Board established the AIN Diversity & Inclusion Team to help generate new ideas and practices that could foster a more diverse, inclusive, welcoming, and supportive international community. This team has been exploring related questions: Does the mission and purpose of AIN include principles of inclusion and equity? Do members know what is expected of them as it relates to helping create and reinforce an inclusive atmosphere? Do members feel empowered to show up authentically and make meaningful contributions to the community and organization? Should AIN provide opportunities and resources that encourage the development of inclusive Applied Improvisation practice (e.g. supporting members’ development)? We invite session participants to join us in conversation about these and related questions.
The AIN Diversity & Inclusion Team has drafted documents in support of these efforts, including: clarifying terms and definitions, articulating guiding values and principles, and identifying affirming statements and practices that reinforce a collective commitment to diversity and inclusion.  Committee members will share, review and discuss these documents with session participants--in the spirit of inviting ideas on the initiatives and priorities that should guide AIN’s efforts in the coming years. We are eager to involve others in these efforts, as we’re committed to sharing responsibility for building and sustaining an inclusive climate within AIN.


Jeanne Lambin

Vice-President AIN Board
Jeanne Lambin of Lamb Ink has performed, presented, and conducted workshops and training in the US, Europe, and Asia, exploring how improv and storytelling can help us create better places to live, work, and play. She has spent much of her career in heritage conservation, helping people to rescue things... Read More →

Chris Esparza

Chris Esparza is the Director for Diversity, Inclusion, and Leadership Development at the University of Oregon’s School of Law (U.S.A.). His interests include infusing principles of applied improvisation into leadership development, relational and group dynamics, and cultural humility... Read More →

Saturday August 10, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm EDT
The Wang Center - Lecture Hall 2