We are an organisation entirely run by volunteers, membership is free and there are no restrictions on joining. With a mission to bring together academics, practitioners and policy makers we have supported community groups to do research themselves, even with limited time and resources, for over 40 years.

We strive to uphold anti-racist values and we recognise the impact of race hatred and race hate crime. The evidence of ongoing and systemic racism has caused us to challenge ourselves to take action, acknowledging our individual and collective responsibility to tackle racism and discrimination wherever we find it. We realise that we can and should do more.

Therefore, we will

  • seek to be a more diverse, inclusive organisation by actively being involved with underrepresented people and supporting individuals from under represented groups to make a full contribution as members of ARVAC;
  • clearly express our commitment to co-production and to opening our networks as widely as possible;
  • ensure that all our outputs, in particular, our webinars and lectures have representation from diverse groups and present diverse positions;
  • ensure that a proportionate number of our activities and outputs are focussed directly on challenging racism and discrimination.

We will include an evaluation of how we achieve against these objectives in our annual reporting.