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The DEI Committee is rebooting! Take the survey and help shape the future.

Updated: Apr 18

Join us in shaping the future of the APA-IL's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee for 2024! Your input is crucial in guiding our efforts towards professional development, networking, social events, and beyond.

Are you a member that's interested in getting involved with the DEI Committee?

Would you like to share your ideas, stay in the loop, and be added to our contact list?

Click the survey link below to participate and stay connected with us. Let's work together to create a more inclusive and vibrant community!


The survey should only take about 5 minutes to complete.

All are welcome to take the survey. Please reach out to Paula Freeze at with any questions.


Meet the new DEI Chair!

The APA-IL would like to introduce Alicia M. Ruiz, the APA-IL's new Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee Chairperson.

Alicia M. Ruiz, was born and raised in Little Village as the eldest of 5 children. She currently resides and works in Berwyn as the Principal Owner of AMR Real Estate. Alicia’s proudest accomplishment is being a single mom of 3 adult children and 6 grandchildren. Alicia is passionate about her work as a Real Estate Consultant and believes affordable home ownership should be available for all families. 

Alicia was elected as the first Latina Alderman in 2017 for the 6th Ward in the City of Berwyn, Illinois. She is currently a Graduate Candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Urban Planning and Policy.


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