NACIS Organizational Diversity & Inclusion Statement

NACIS is an intellectually and creatively diverse and pluralistic community of mapmakers, designers, storytellers, educators, researchers, librarians, artists, and other map enthusiasts. We believe that the society and our members benefit greatly from the diversity of thoughts and experiences our individual members bring.

NACIS values the constructive exchange of ideas and perspectives. We embrace the strength afforded by this diversity of viewpoints. We strongly believe that intellectual, creative, and experiential diversity is central to advancing the cartographic field. We acknowledge that maps can be a tool of power and therefore are committed to promoting the responsible use of maps. We recognize the importance of maps and our responsibility as mapmakers as we confront critical challenges of our time. We can only be successful in confronting these challenges by listening to one another and respecting each other’s viewpoints.

NACIS strives to create an open community that brings together map enthusiasts and creators regardless of their profession, affiliation, racial and ethnic association, place of origin, nationality, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, beliefs, disability, or socioeconomic background. We recognize that there is much to be done to make the society and the cartographic field more inviting and inclusive for everyone. Therefore, we commit to broadening opportunities and inclusivity for underrepresented and historically marginalized groups within the society. Additionally, we commit to nurturing and promoting diversity and inclusion throughout the cartographic field.

NACIS does not tolerate harassment, discrimination, or mistreatment of anyone, whether explicit or implied. We strongly reject all forms of racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, queerphobia, religious intolerance, and any actions that infringe on the dignity of our members. We expect all members and participants to abide by the NACIS Code of Conduct. We are committed to promptly enforcing the Code of Conduct to ensure that NACIS offers an environment in which our members feel safe in their identity.