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AAG Diversity Related Groups

A number of the AAG’s volunteer committees, specialty and affinity groups are directly engaged in making a difference in our discipline around issues of enhancing diversity, promoting inclusion, and broadening participation in geography. Among them are:

Enhancing Diversity Committee
Appointed by the AAG Council to take actions to facilitate ongoing AAG initiatives to enhance diversity in the discipline.  Diversity in this sense is envisioned in its broadest demographic definition, indicating, ethnic, gender, disabilities, and other underrepresented groups. This includes monitoring and promoting enhanced status for women and minorities in the profession and serving as a commission of record for any grievances by members with respect to discrimination and graduate admission, hiring, employment, and career development, or other related issues. The committee also considers nominations and selects awardees of the Glenda Laws Award and the AAG Enhancing Diversity Award.

Committee on the Status of Women in Geography
Appointed by the AAG Council to monitor and promote enhanced status for women in the profession. See also the list of resource groups on Gender and Geography.

Community College Affinity Group
Seeks to give community college geographers a stronger voice within the discipline and within the AAG by disseminating information about funding opportunities for projects relevant to community college geography, enhancing research and professional development opportunities for community college faculty, and promoting curriculum development of GIS and other technical areas.

Disability Specialty Group
Fosters communication among AAG members and to encourage research, education, and service that addresses issues of disability and chronic illness. The group provides support and advocates with disabled members of the Association while working closely with other specialty groups to promote common interests and develop intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary projects.

Ethnic Geography Specialty Group
Promotes the common interests of persons working in ethnic geography, provides a forum for the exchange of ideas within the AAG, and encourages its members in their research and teaching of ethnic experiences from comparative, national/transnational and global perspectives.

Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group
Promotes geographic research and education on topics relating to women and gender.

Graduate Student Affinity Group
Supports student members of the AAG by increasing participation of graduate students in the life of the profession and by better preparing graduate students for careers in Geography.

Indigenous Peoples Specialty Group
Fosters pure and applied geographic research and geographic education that involves the Indigenous people of the world, past and present; encourages approaches to research and teaching that empower Indigenous peoples, and to help build relationships of mutual trust between communities of Indigenous peoples and academic geographers; and stimulates and enables direct participation of Indigenous peoples in geography.

Sexuality and Space Specialty Group
Promotes and facilitates scholarly and other geographic inquiry into human sexualities and related issues.

Stand-Alone Geographers Affinity Group
Provides a forum for discussion and sharing of resources for geographers who work alone or in small programs or departments at their respective institutions and increases their visibility in the discipline and in the Association of American Geographers.