The purpose of this chapter is to provide a historical framing for the development of the American Evaluation Association's (AEA's) Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) program as an outgrowth of the AEA's Building Diversity Initiative (BDI). This chapter provides historical documentation of the AEA's BDI and the origins of the GEDI program and discusses how this represents an important part of AEA's history. We discuss the circumstances that led up to the decision to begin the BDI, the organizational dynamics of bringing about the changes that BDI and GEDI stimulated in AEA and the evaluation profession, and the implications of this process for AEA's evolution as a culturally responsive organization.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Strategy and Management
- Management Science and Operations Research