Diversity & Inclusion Program

Our Diversity and Inclusion Committee Mission:

The Mission of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the PMI Rochester Chapter is to support the furtherance of the overall chapter goals by continuously encouraging a vibrant, inclusive, diverse, and equitable project management community. Therefore, in the areas of membership recruitment, participation, volunteerism, leadership, and influencer selection, the committee is dedicated to having a focus on underrepresented groups, and proactively learning and promoting policies and initiatives in the chapter that attract talent and participation of these groups.


Our Policy Statement:

PMI Rochester is committed to modeling diversity and inclusion for the nonprofit sector of the Project Management industry, and to maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all.

We encourage by our actions a diverse, inclusive, and equitable chapter where all members and volunteers, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education, or development support needs, feel valued and respected.  We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for involvement and advancement in all our committees, programs, and volunteer-based initiatives.  We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard.

To read more on our comprehensive policy statement click here

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