The Intercultural Alliance of Artists & Scholars, Inc. (IAAS) is a New York-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2000 to promote multicultural literature and literacy. In order to foster understanding of and respect for cultural diversity, the IAAS collaborates with poets, writers, artists, scholars and community organizations to promote literary talent and achievement with innovative programming.
The IAAS was founded by an ethnically and geographically diverse group of people who wanted to bring multicultural literary voices and resources into our communities. Representing the business, artistic, teaching and literary communities, our founding board members believed we could fill the void in print, television and the internet by providing dynamic programming outside the traditional constraints of mainstream media, making multicultural literature and literacy more accessible than ever before.
Our primary objective is to create and present literary programming that develops and explores critical thinking about cultural assumptions, immigration, and diversity. Our goal is to enhance the field of multicultural education and broaden its impact on the world, inside the classroom and, just as importantly, outside the classroom. The IAAS sees multiculturalism directly connected to our work, our lives, the communities in which we live and to our emerging global society. Using literature as a conduit, we believe artists and scholars have the power to effect and implement change and ultimately create a viable “intercultural alliance.”
The Intercultural Alliance of Artists & Scholars, Inc. (IAAS) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veterans in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. The IAAS complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, volunteers, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.
The Intercultural Alliance of Artists & Scholars, Inc. (IAAS) expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability to the IAAS’s employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.