This summer has seen a lot of activity related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) efforts within the CAS and the broader actuarial profession, and there’s much more on the way.
CAS members have a strong passion for DE&I issues, and we are aware of growing interest among members to get involved with this work. That is why we have created a new “micro-volunteering” opportunity for CAS members – the Diversity Impact Group (DIG). Unlike the standard committee structure, with monthly meetings and limited capacity for members, the DIG will share information on low commitment/high impact volunteer opportunities with members via email as they arise. As examples, we may call for volunteers to speak to underrepresented students at High School Actuarial Days, give presentations and lead roundtable discussions on DE&I topics at a CAS meeting, or provide us with ideas for potential speakers and topics. The DIG is also a forum in which volunteers can share ideas, best practices or constructive criticism related to DE&I within the actuarial profession, to be addressed by the CAS or the Joint CAS/SOA Committee on Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity (JCIED). For those interested in more traditional committee work, DIG members may be invited to join JCIED working groups as openings become available.
If you haven’t already, indicate your interest in joining the Diversity Impact Group via the 2020 Volunteer Interest & Participation (VIP) Survey by August 31, 2020. Anyone who is interested can join the DIG, and new members are welcome to join year-round.
Even with the CAS working hard on DE&I goals, we recognize that our organization can and must do more to address persistent inequities within our profession and our industry. The CAS is developing a strategic approach to equity and is finalizing a full suite of actions within this approach. Watch out for more on this topic in coming weeks.