The mission of the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I- DIEM) is to serve as a resource and an advocate for the value of diversity and inclusion in emergency management (EM). I-DIEM leads efforts to increase the representation of women and people of color in the field of emergency management, including in positions of leadership, through awareness and education. I-DIEM serves as the conduit for research on diversity and inclusion, social equity and the practical application of equitable EM practices to improve outcomes and build resilience.

By respecting, appreciating and leveraging the value of women, communities of color and other under-represented groups, the emergency management enterprise will build the capacity needed to address the growing threat of climate change and extreme weather. I-DIEM supports the development and implementation of innovative community-based, mitigation and adaptation projects to enhance resilience in diverse, vulnerable, and under-served communities.


Diversity + Inclusion = Resilience

The vision of I-DIEM is to enhance global resilience and improve emergency management outcomes by respecting and leveraging diversity, inclusion, and equity.


  • Promote, support, and disseminate research regarding Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management.
  1. Increase the number of women and people of color within the emergency management profession.
  • Educate and train the emergency management enterprise on diversity, inclusion and equity issues as it relates to women, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ, various religious beliefs, low-income, disadvantaged communities, and other underrepresented groups within each phase of emergency management.
  • Highlight innovative Diversity and Inclusion best practices enhancing community resilience.



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