The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Committee strives to promote and support inclusion, diversity, equity, and access for the BGA membership and at BGA affiliated events. The committee functions as a catalyst for new inclusion-, diversity, equity-, and access-related initiatives, and monitors, evaluates, advocates for, and reports on matters pertaining to the inclusion, diversity, equity, and access of BGA. The committee is also responsible for receiving reports of alleged violations of the BGA conduct policy, investigating the report, and giving a recommendation of action, if appropriate, to the BGA executive committee.
This committee consists of 3 members elected by the BGA membership. These elected members serve 3-year staggered terms, and typically the longest standing committee member will serve as chair. Each year, one member of the committee rotates off, two candidates will be nominated for the committee, and BGA members select the new committee member during the regular BGA election process. Given the role of the committee in managing conduct complaints, only regular members who are more senior in their careers will be recommended for nomination to the committee. Beyond the elected IDEA members, the committee welcomes volunteers to assist with the other functions of the committee.