The Diversity and Inclusion Committee shall consist of a Chair, the Junior Past-President as an ex-officio member, and at least four additional members. The Chair shall be appointed by the Nominations and Appointments Committee with the approval of the Board. In turn, the Chair will appoint at least four additional members, also with approval of the Board. Typically the Chair and members of the Committee will serve for three years, with members serving in staggered terms.
The Committee is responsible for creating and executing an ongoing diversity and inclusion strategy, presenting progress, plans, data, and metrics annually to the Board. Diversity and inclusion will include, but are not limited to, the issues of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, geography, seniority, or other personal characteristics not related to ability, performance, or qualifications. The Committee is charged with ensuring that Information Theory Society events and processes are inclusive, welcoming and safe for everyone in the field of information theory and with developing and overseeing codes of conduct and best practices for all Society activities, including conferences, schools, and committees.