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The American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED), an organization of equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action professionals, announced the finalists of its annual awards program. The awards were conferred at the Association’s 40th National Conference and Annual Meeting themed "40 Years of Affirmative Action: Envisioning the Future." The meeting was held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center, 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN on June 3 - 6, 2014. Each year, AAAED honors professionals working for their exemplary work in Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Affirmative Action. This year’s recipients are:

  • Honorable Kathleen Martinez, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy, is the recipient of the Edward M. Kennedy Community Service Award.
  • Dr. Louis Dale, the Vice President for Equity and Diversity at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is the recipient of the Arthur A. Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • John D. González, the founder and CEO of JDG Associates, is the recipient of the Cesar Estrada Chavez Award.
  • Texas Tech University is the recipient of the Champion of Diversity Award.
  • Rev. James M. Lawson, Jr. is the recipient of the Drum Major for Justice Award.
AAAED also honored Dr. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr., the noted author and thought leader in Diversity Management, who passed away in 2013. His daughter, April Thomas, received the acknowledgement on her father’s behalf. The AAAED President, Gregory T. Chambers, also conferred the President’s Award on members of the Association who have made an outstanding service contribution to the Association. For more information regarding each recipient, please see the AAAED press release.


The American Association for Affirmative Action and
The Fund for Leadership, Equity, Access and Diversity Internships

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The American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA) and the Fund for Leadership, Equity, Access and Diversity (LEAD Fund) offer substantive programs designed to give undergraduate and graduate students interested in such fields as equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion, affirmative action, civil rights, EEO law, nonprofit development, human resources, web communications, event management, public affairs and public service, real-world work experience in the policy, practice and nonprofit management fields. The program provides interns the chance to increase their knowledge and awareness of the above issues, enhance their understanding of the way nonprofits work, and observe the legislative and administrative processes of our federal government. Interns are fully integrated into staff activities and involved in membership services, development, web content, training delivery and communications work.

AAAA/LEAD Fund interns work out of our office in downtown Washington, D.C., easily accessible by Metro or several bus lines. Interns may also work from remote locations.  Internships are for a length of one school semester. Start and end dates are flexible to accommodate school schedules and we require a 20-hour minimum weekly commitment.

Summer interns: Internship June 3 to August 30; Application Deadline April 15, 2013
Fall interns: Internship Sept. 2 to Dec. 13; Application Deadline August 5, 2013
Spring interns: Internship Jan. 13 to May 16, 2014; Application Deadline December 6, 2013
Some positions are available immediately.

Core Intern Responsibilities

Writing articles for the AAAA blog
Tracking legislation and litigation related to key issues
Monitoring media coverage of EEO/Diversity and Affirmative Action issues
Attending meetings as assigned
Helping to coordinate events
Attending congressional hearings and briefings
Occasional administrative work
AAAA Membership services
Assisting with the AAAA Professional Development and Training Institute

LEAD Fund:
Conducting on- and off-line research to support LEAD Fund staff
Occasional administrative work
Drafting fundraising proposals
Assisting with the coordination of EAD Fund trainings, meetings and educational conferences
Assisting with the publication and dissemination of research studies


Minimum Qualifications
Applicants should have strong writing skills, a desire and ability to work with diverse groups of people, ability to work collaboratively, the ability to multitask, and a strong commitment to social justice issues. They should be enrolled in a four-year college or university or in graduate/professional school.
The internship is for volunteers only.

How to Apply
Interested individuals should email a cover letter detailing their interest in The AAAA/LEAD Fund Internships and include a resume and short writing sample (no longer than three pages) to:


Or send by mail to:

AAAA/LEAD Fund Internships
888 16th Street, NW
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20006

Please note: we are unable to accept phone inquiries or unscheduled interviews.
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