AKA promotes and pursues an evolving understanding of the importance of human interaction in kinesiology-related fields beyond the level of simple tolerance. Diversity within AKA creates a working and learning environment that encourages varied perspectives and an open exchange of ideas in an unbiased and non-prejudicial way. In principle and in practice, AKA values membership, involvement and expanded access to leadership opportunities regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religious beliefs, age, marital status, sexual orientation, nationality, physical ability, appearance, language, socio-economic status, geographic location, professional level, or academic achievement. AKA pursues diversity, particularly for historically underrepresented group, by maintaining a Diversity Committee and providing resource information for diversity-related initiatives. AKA is committed to pursuing the development and involvement of diverse Kinesiology departments and partnering with other organizations and communities that engage in enhancing diversity in science and sport.