AAMI’s commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
AAMI is committed to academic excellence in midwifery education, and a dynamic and inclusive learning environment for students.
A Grievance Committee, which includes students from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities, reviews policy, helps develop and refine curriculum, and addresses student grievances.
AAMI does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of students and volunteers, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all of our students, staff, clients, volunteers, and members.
The Whys of Cultural Competency Education in AAMI
Midwives are in a unique position to reach more women and families than the current maternity care system offers. We are challenged to:
• Reach the underserved, including members of marginalized identity groups
• Respond to rapidly changing demographics
• Fill international opportunities to practice
• Meet the needs for niche practices that concentrate efforts on service to a specific geographic area or identity group
A broad understanding of the complex issues facing health and midwifery care delivery prepares students to work with people from different backgrounds, no matter the setting. Even if a student never intends to work with a given population of people, knowing how to communicate and support women and families with dignity and compassion furthers the goals of safe and humane birth for all.
The Whats of Cultural Competency Education in AAMI
• Required course in Cultural Competency that meets the health care industry’s standard. A number of workshops and online courses are available, many of them are free.
• Required reading, multi-media, and writing on racial, cultural, economic and gender identity disparities in access to and quality of care.
Options in the Student Resources for further study and engagement
Research files that focus on racial, economic and gender identity issues
Advanced training in Cultural Sensitivity, Equity, and Anti-Racism