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AO Foundation Past-President speaks about the importance of diversity, inclusion and mentorship

Robert McGuire, AO Foundation Past-President and AO Foundation Board representative in the AO Access Steering Committee talks about the importance of AO Access.

Interviews on AO TV

Interview with AO Access Steering Committee, Robert McGuire, Amy Kapatkin and Jaime Quintero at the AO Davos Courses 2020.

Interview with AO Access Task Force Matthew Allen, Marinis Peripis and Tatjana Topalovic at the AO Davos Courses 2020.

Introducing: AO Access

On June 24, 2020, the AO Foundation Board approved AO Access, establishing the diversity, inclusion, and mentorship initiative firmly within the AO. This further demonstrates the AO’s commitment to addressing existing inequalities to entry and advancement, and to identifying and overcoming barriers.

This video demonstrates the transition from the Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) initiative to AO Access; as well as the goal, organizational structure, and guiding principles that the program is built upon.

Introducing diversity at the AO Davos Courses 2019

The AO Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (ODII), now called AO Access, featured on AO TV Live from Davos in 2019. In this video, AO ODII working group members share their views on mitigating unconscious bias, coaching and mentoring, as one of many channels to support and expand diversity across the AO.

Committed to opportunity, diversity, and inclusion

In 2018, the AO had a first kick-off meeting after the creation of the Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (ODII). Based on an identified lack of representation by women and other minority groups in the leadership within and beyond the AO, research was initiated to gather specific data to identify barriers. A large-scale evidence-based survey revealed barriers to faculty entry and advancement for women and other underrepresented groups. Conversations regarding gender disparity and lack of inclusion of other underrepresented groups have taken place in the AO. Identification of this problem is helpful; however, data and data analysis were needed in order to implement effective interventions in the organization.

Find out more in this edition of Faculty Focus. This data is used to instruct programs to promote diversity, inclusion and mentorship programs, trough the new entity AO Access.