ACPA has received feedback via the 2012 Membership Survey, the ACPA 2013 Convention Evaluation and the ACPA Equity & Inclusion Advisory Board that some members experience the individual membership form, convention registration forms and survey/assessment questions as marginalizing. We have received concerns that the individual membership form asks members to self-disclosure personal details. Depending on institutional policies and processes, the individual membership form may be seen by supervisors, accounting personnel and others who should not have access to an individual’s personal or social identity information. In this proposal, we delineate questions that are most appropriate to ask via the individual membership and professional development event registration forms from those most appropriate to ask via supplemental assessment instruments to eliminate these concerns about exposure and privacy.

This proposal presents a set of standards recommending an inclusive way to collect demographic information from members and/or event participants. We recognize, however, that demographic questions should be reviewed and updated annually by the Equity & Inclusion Advisory Board and the Governing Board Director of Membership Development with respect to evolving nomenclature and definitions.

Please read the complete Governing Boad Proposal. (PDF)