The AAO is looking for candidates for its inclusion and engagement committee to help support diverse groups within the association.

The American Association of Orthodontists’ Special Committee on Inclusion and Engagement is searching for candidates for a new member.

The committee has initiated recruitment of a new member, and invites applications from AAO members interested in bringing insight, ideas and leadership to its efforts.

Since its formation in the spring of 2021, the committee has worked to help the AAO create an environment that is inclusive and rich in diversity. The committee  is now facilitating follow-up dialogue based on input from last year’s member survey.

The Special Committee on Inclusion and Engagement has the following charges:

  • Work to support and inspire diverse groups within the AAO by helping to develop tools and pathways to leadership.
  • Identify obstacles for involvement in the AAO and make recommendations for change.
  • Identify the unique needs and issues that face diverse orthodontists and implement plans to address these needs.

The AAO is looking for members with experience in leadership, whether with the AAO or outside the AAO, though it is not required. Each member must be willing to serve a two-year term, with an option for renewal for up to three terms.

Candidates must also have the ability to attend committee meetings via conference calls and communicate by electronic means.

The application deadline is October 1, 2022.

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