Diversity: AAAL is committed to increasing diversity in knowledge, discourses, and representation. Such diversity is expressed in myriad forms, including race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age, (dis)ability status and political perspective.

Equity: AAAL is committed to working actively to challenge and respond to bias, harassment, and discrimination in its conference and association. It implements a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status.

Inclusion: AAAL is committed to pursuing deliberate efforts to ensure that the conference and other interactions of the organization are spaces where differences are welcomed, different perspectives are respectfully heard, and every individual feels a sense of belonging. The award is designed to more effectively leverage the resources of diversity to advance a collective knowledge that is more inclusive.

Access: AAAL is committed to removing barriers, whether because of disability or diverse forms of economic deprivation that will affect access to participating in knowledge sharing in the profession. These barriers range from those that are physical, in environments that are designed unfavorably to accommodate all people, to those that are intellectual and favor specific styles of thinking and communicating.