Driving Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in ADR
The AAA-ICDR® has been advancing diversity and inclusion in the ADR field since the 1960s, including the establishment of the National Center for Dispute Settlement to help ease urban crises through arbitration and mediation.
Today, our efforts continue to center on actively recruiting highly qualified women and racially and ethnically diverse arbitrators and mediators who: serve on the AAA-ICDR National Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators, assist in leading education programs, and share their expertise in publications and other media.
Support and Governance
The AAA-ICDR governance structure fosters and supports diversity in the ADR field. The AAA-ICDR Council's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee of legal and ADR professionals provides insight into the marketplace, and the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee of AAA executives and staff coordinate initiatives and collaborate with firms and organizations.
Focused efforts have led to significant increases in the percentage of female and racially and ethnically diverse members on the AAA-ICDR Roster and in the percentage of diverse panelists appointed to hear AAA-ICDR-administered cases.