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IABD Standards and Policies

As a matter of fundamental principle, The International Association of Blacks in Dance, Inc., (IABD) adheres to the highest ethical standards of organizational operation because it is the right thing to do. The dance community trusts us to carry out our mission, to be good stewards of our art form, and to uphold rigorous standards of conduct. It is up to the people of this Association―board members, executive leaders, staff, membership and volunteers―to demonstrate their ongoing commitment to shared values of integrity, honesty, fairness, openness, respect, and responsibility. IABD is committed to creating a healthy dance community for everyone in our field.

Definition of Harassment
Harassment is any behavior which causes distress, feelings of a lack of safety, or physical harm to another person based on their actual or perceived race/ethnicity, religion, age, gender, gender expression or identity, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation, citizenship status, geography, place of origin, marital status, or familial status. Additionally, any kind of sexual harassment against anyone, regardless of the identities of the people involved, is covered by the policy below. Harassment does not need to have malicious intent; the impacts on the person reporting the harassment must be addressed regardless of the intent. Displays of derogatory or offensive pictures, graffiti, or materials towards people because one of the identities listed above; demeaning remarks, jokes, innuendos about an employee, participant or volunteer; or remarks about an identity group in the presence of any individual, not necessarily a member of the group mentioned, are also forms of harassment.

Harassment is not:
Consensual banter or romantic peer relationships, where the people involved consent to the interaction, are not harassment. Appropriate performance reviews, constructive feedback and critique, counseling, or discipline by a colleague or supervisor are not harassment.


Read IABD's statement on sexual misconduct here.

Click here for National Resources on Sexual Abuse and Misconduct.


Responsibilities of Employees and Board Members
All employees, board members, volunteers and program registrants and attendees are responsible for fostering a safe working environment, free of harassment. A safe working environment is one where everyone is accepted and allowed to be themselves. No one should be afraid for their physical or mental health in a safe working environment. A safe working environment is not free of all criticism or conflict, but those things are handled with respect. Everyone must set an example of appropriate behavior.

Responsibilities of Volunteers and Program Participants
All volunteers and program participants have the responsibility to treat each other with respect and to refrain from discrimination and harassment. They are encouraged to speak up if they or someone else is being harassed and are encouraged to report harassment to the appropriate person.

Event Safety and Responsibility Policy
The International Association of Blacks in Dance, Inc., (IABD) is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all event participants. All participants, including but not limited to, attendees, speakers, volunteers, vendors, IABD staff, service providers, and others are expected to abide by the IABD Code of Conduct. This Policy applies to all IABD events, including those sponsored by external organizations but held in conjunction with IABD events, in public or private facilities.


Photography, Audio, And Video Consent and Recording Policies
Attendance or participation in The International Association of Blacks in Dance, Inc., (IABD) events or other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant or attendee to IABD’s use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image, likeness and voice in photographs, audio, video, and electronic reproductions of such events and activities by IABD and other third parties, including but not limited to the venue and local host.

Events hosted and/or produced by IABD may not be recorded, either in video or audio format, by any organization, entity, or person without the expressed written consent of IABD. Consent to record IABD events will be given to credentialed press as requested and will be coordinated by an IABD staff member. Many of our events are recorded by IABD either through photographs or video.

Privacy Policy
The International Association of Blacks in Dance, Inc., (IABD) takes privacy seriously. The information we may collect via interaction and transactions with IABD is used to provide you with services which you have requested from us. By submitting information online, in writing, or other methods of transaction, you consent to share your data in accordance with the guidelines of our privacy statement. Registrant contact information will be shared with other event registrants through a participants list. We do offer an opt out indicator on forms/ applications if that information is scheduled to be shared if signing up or registering for specific events.