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26 January 2022

TEA Hosts First Code of Conduct Training to its Leadership

On January 14th, 2022, the Themed Entertainment Association hosted its first Code of Conduct training to over 80 Board Members. The Two-Hour instructor led; interactive training engaged TEA leadership in discussions on all forms of inappropriate behavior as set forth in the TEA Code of Conduct policies.

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             Shannon Martin
International Board Vice President

Members learned how to recognize problems, prevent unacceptable behaviors and report those behaviors if they do occur.  Other topics included building a culture of inclusion, unconscious bias, bystander intervention, cultural awareness, and confidentiality.

“It is critical that the TEA provides a safe, welcoming, inclusive, and productive environment for all its participants,” said Shannon Martin, International Board Vice President. “We have always had a Code of Conduct in place but no clear way to report and track incidents. Now we have the tools in place that our members need to help maintain a positive and professional environment at all of our events.”

The Code of Conduct Training and Reporting system was recognized as a priority in response to feedback heard during a TEA Town Meeting last January. “The Executive Leadership team went to work right away to research and create a system that would benefit all of our members,” said Chuck Fawcett, International Board President.  “I am so proud of the work that we have accomplished here and feel like we truly delivered for our TEA members that needed that voice.”

“This is an area that affects all members of society, and the TEA is not immune to incidents occurring at events that are hosted literally all over the world.  What this training does represent is the first step in establishing a clear set of expectations for behavior, outlines how to report violations, and maintains a clear protocol of confidentiality,” added Nathan Jones, International Board Vice President and Chair of the DEA&I Committee.

All TEA Board Members and Leaders will be required to take the training before its official launch in March. TEA is also working on offering this training as a member benefit to all TEA members annually.

For more information on TEA’s Code of Conduct and reporting form visit https://www.teaconnect.org/Resources/TEA-Code-of-Conduct_2/index.cfm


Posted by Morgan Lucchese



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