Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Commitment
As the Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention (OTR) in Higher Education, NODA embraces the values of equity, inclusion, and social justice within the OTR fields and for its members. The need for engagement and understanding of these values is amplified with the intersections of identities that our members have, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, nationality, color, age, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ability, faith, religion, country of origin, immigration status, social class, veteran status, and all other identities.
As a global association, NODA’s commitment is to ensure our membership, leadership, educational opportunities, events, and programs embody and embrace the values of equity, inclusion, and social justice. We acknowledge that upholding this commitment is a process. We hold our members, leadership, and the Association to these values and principles on behalf of our profession, our field, and our students. The Association leads this change through our ongoing efforts to create an inclusive, equitable and socially minded organization. Moving forward with an inclusive and equitable philosophy will not only benefit students, but professionals and institutions as a whole.
Statement on Global Membership
The committment to the successful orientation, transition, and retention (OTR) of students in higher education transcends national, cultural, and organizational borders and boundaries. NODA members represent various institution types, sizes, cultures, languages, and geographic locations. We ask our membership to commit to learning and collaborative environments free of assumptive nation-specific jargonand points-of-view. NODA commits to the leveraging of a global perspective to better support our members and build a stronger OTR profession.