ACEEE staff, volunteers and leadership are committed to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion through global leadership in entrepreneurship and enterprise education, incorporating the highest standards of professional integrity, dignity, fairness, justice and respect for everyone.
Approved by the Board of Directors and Adopted by ACEEE on March 27, 2021
ACEEE accreditation is focused on programmes producing graduates prepared to enter the global workforce in entrepreneurship and enterprise management professions. To succeed in these global professions, graduates must be prepared to thrive in diverse and inclusive environments.
ACEEE staff, volunteers, and leadership are committed to diversity and inclusion through developing and using the talents of all persons who study or work in our fields of interest. Our global professions require creativity and innovation, which are best achieved when persons with varied perspectives, experiences, and talents work toward a common goal.
We believe that understanding and experiencing diversity and inclusion in higher education are critical to competitiveness, innovation, and our social and economic futures. Further, we expect our accredited programmes to support this vision.
• promoting diversity and inclusion in accreditation operations and governance through the work of staff, volunteers, and leadership;
• encouraging diverse talents to be used in accreditation operations and ACEEE governance; and
• promoting inclusive practices and diversity in our accredited educational programmes
The following definitions have been approved by the ACEEE Board of Directors and serve as a reference point for our conversations and materials about inclusion, diversity and equity.
Inclusion is the intentional, proactive, and continuing efforts and practices in which all members respect, support, and value others. An inclusive environment provides equitable access to opportunities and resources, empowers everyone to participate equally, and offers respect in words and actions for all.
Diversity is the range of human differences, encompassing the characteristics that make one individual or group different from another. Diversity includes, but is not limited to, the following characteristics: race, ethnicity, culture, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, religious beliefs, work sector, physical ability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, physical appearance, and cognitive differences.
Equity is the fair treatment, access, opportunity and advancement for all people, achieved by intentional focus on their disparate needs, conditions and abilities. Achieving equity requires understanding of historical and systemic patterns of disparity to address and eliminate barriers, and remove participation gaps as part of a comprehensive strategy to achieve equitable outcomes and social justice.