Washington, DC (August 2, 2023)—The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) was contracted as the research agency by the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) of the Transportation Research Board, a program unit of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, to lead the nearly $800,000 funded-research project ACRP 06-09: Equitable Workforce Outcomes: A Study of Women and Minority Representation at Airports.
“This research is an exciting opportunity for AMAC and the industry. Our ability to collect robust data on the representation of minorities and women and their employment experience within airports to address areas of opportunity and track industry progress is invaluable. It underscores the AMAC mission and work of the AMAC Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Center for Excellence. We petition all U.S. airport administrations—regardless of size or governance—and airport employees to participate in this monumental study,” said Jeanette Saunders, AMAC Vice President of Education & Advisory Services.
AMAC will (1) identify and evaluate the current state of women and minority representation among direct employees of U.S. airports and (2) use the information collected to develop resources and tools to address potential issues identified, including, but not limited to, recruitment, retention, promotion and wage disparity.
“As the DEI authority amongst stakeholders in the aviation industry, we are proud to lead this research project. We remain steadfast and focused on driving best practices to influence change and establish diverse and inclusive leadership in the aviation industry, “said Eboni Wimbush, AMAC President & CEO.
About the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC)
The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) is the only national, non-profit trade association dedicated to advancing the full participation of minorities and women in employment and contracting opportunities throughout the aviation and aerospace industries. Since 1984, AMAC has been at the forefront of nearly every national policy initiative impacting the participation of disadvantaged businesses in airport contracting. AMAC works consistently with Congress, the federal government, aviation trade associations and strategic partners as resources for information, education and guidance on business and employment matters. AMAC represents a diverse membership of airports, corporations, minority, women-owned and disadvantaged business enterprises, and professionals within the aviation and aerospace industries. For more information, visit www.amac-org.com.
About the Airport Cooperative Research Program
The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) is an industry-driven, applied research program that develops near-term, practical solutions to airport challenges. ACRP is authorized by Congress, sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration, and managed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Transportation Research Board (TRB). ACRP undertakes research and other technical activities across a diverse set of industry disciplines, including airport design, construction, maintenance, operations, safety, security, policy, planning, human resources, and administration. For more information, visit www.trb.org/ACRP.
Jeanette Saunders, AMAC