MEAC has and will continue to infuse equity, access, and justice into the foundations of our organization, allied communities, and midwifery education and accreditation.
- In 2018, MEAC formulated a vision as part of a 3-5-year strategic plan to “infuse equity, access, and justice into the foundations of midwifery education and accreditation”.
- In 2019, MEAC dedicated over 10% of its annual budget to equity and access expenses.
- MEAC board members and staff participated in an extensive Equity and Access program (Project X) during the in-person board meeting in 2019.
- MEAC continues the Project x training during board meetings.
- MEAC has added an Equity & Access module as part of the board member and staff onboarding.
- MEAC has increased its donation revenue in order to reduce sustaining fees for schools and to ease the financial burden for MEAC accredited schools.
- During the fiscal year 2019/2020, MEAC provided funds for MEAC accredited schools to encourage administrators to participate in Equity & Access training.
- MEAC’s Equity and Access committee has created a clear E&A statement which is the basis of everything the organization does.
- MEAC has created an E&A document, "MEAC Directors' Checklist for Enacting Agency Changes", which is applied to all modifications of existing, or the creation of, new policies.
- For every policy or agency change the following questions are applied:
- Does this proposed action contribute to equity, access, and/or justice in midwifery education, midwifery accreditation, and/or MEAC employment?
- Does this proposed action, address institutional racism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, cis-heteronormativity, classism and/or other injustices?
- Does this proposed action contribute towards inclusion, collaboration, and engagement?
- The current revision of the MEAC standards has incorporated several layers of Equity & Access review, and the proposed revisions include a number of benchmarks specifically to address Equity & Access concerns.