ACLP DEI Timeline

ACLP continues its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the child life community.

"When you know better, do better."
- Maya Angelou


ACLP Announces Jennifer Lipsey, A Woman of Color, as Its CEO.

Jennifer Lipsey


Strategic Planning Session

  • ACLP identifies diversification of membership as an area of focus
  • ACLP identifies diversification of governance as a membership strategic driver


ACLP Creates Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force

Co-Chair: Rechelle Porter, CCLS
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Co-Chair: Divna Wheelwright, MS, CCLS

Board Liaison: Jenaya Gordon, MA, CCLS, NCC
Jennifer Lipsey
Staff Liaison: Jennifer Lipsey, CEO 
This task force was formed to expand the dialogue about and elevate awareness of the importance of inclusion, equity, and diversity within ACLP and the field of child life.

ACLP Creates DEI-Focused Education 

Child Life Annual Conference
DEI-Focused Sessions
  • ACLP Institutes International Membership 
    Eligible individuals who primarily reside out of the United States, Canada, and associated territories may receive a percentage off of the professional member rate based on the World Bank classification of their home country. This professional membership is only available by request to the ACLP Office. 

  • Diversity & Inclusion Workshop for ACLP Staff, DEI Task Force Chairs and Board

Carrie Ellis, Principal Consultant, Celestial Consulting LLC, Workshop Facilitator


ACLP Creates DEI-Focused Education

Inaugural Virtual Child Life Annual Conference
DEI-Focused Sessions
Keynote Speaker: James Burroughs
Keynote Speaker: Michelle Kim (Pronouns: she/her)


Coming Soon in 2020

  • DEI Task Force moves to committee
  • RFP for research study on current DEI in academic and clinical practice
DEI-Focused Online Education:
* Free content, accessible to all.

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