The Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM) was co-founded by experienced emergency management practitioners with a focus on diversity and inclusion. I-DIEM has years of experience in disaster management, at all levels of government and the private sector. We have witnessed the damaging impacts caused by a lack of diversity and inclusion first-hand and have been privy to many of the disproportionately biased policy and funding decisions that have negatively affected underserved communities.
I-DIEM is a global non-profit established to facilitate change by integrating equity into all aspects of emergency management. Our focus is on humanity and our vision supports the empowerment of marginalized communities within all phases of the disaster management cycle.
The mission of I-DIEM is to serve as a resource and advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in Emergency Management.
I-DIEM leads efforts to increase representation of women and people of color in the field of emergency management, including in positions of leadership, through awareness, training, and education. I-DIEM serves as the conduit for research on diversity and inclusion, equity, and the practical application of equitable Emergency Management practices to improve outcomes and build resilience.
Diversity + Equity + Inclusion = Increased Resilience
The vision of I-DIEM is to enhance global resilience and improve emergency management outcomes by leveraging diversity, inclusion, and equity.
The 2023 HERricane Season Is Here, Are You Ready?
I-DIEM adopted the HERricane Program from the City of Arlington, VA in 2020 to help increase diversity of the program and expand the program nationally. Since 2020, I-DIEM has hosted the HERricane Program with great success for many young women across the country. The mission is to develop and elevate women as leaders in emergency management while raising awareness of the emergency management profession, and its many interdisciplinary fields.
statement from the cEO
“The Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management was founded to serve as a source of hope for the future of emergency management. It is my belief that there is a fierce urgency of now. As we stand at the precipice of change, let us leap together into a diverse, inclusive and equitable future for everyone.”
– Chauncia Willis
Who we are
The Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM) is a global non-profit established to facilitate change by integrating equity into all aspects of emergency management. Our focus is on humanity and our vision supports the empowerment of marginalized communities within all phases of the disaster management cycle.
I-DIEM Deploys Equity Response Team
to Monitor Equitable Response and Recovery
Race to $20,000
Lt. General Julius Becton Jr. Scholarship Challenge
I-DIEM’s approach leverages diversity, inclusion, and equitable practices to build community resilience and improve disaster outcomes, especially for the most disadvantaged individuals and communities. Our holistic approach recognizes the value of the diverse attributes of each individual and community while understanding that historic and existing inequities creates barriers that limits the ability to prepare for, mitigate against, respond to, and recover from disasters.