DSI is committed to reaching an international community of scholars and practitioners. To assist in this endeavor, DSI operates with three Divisions - Americas, Asia and Pacific, and Europe - and regions or chapters within these Divisions. Three broad principles guide the interactions between DSI and its organizational units:
Principle 1: All activities DSI and its organizational units engage in should be mutually beneficial to both.
Principle 2: Substantive and meaningful presence from both DSI and its organizational units will be fostered and supported as all work to provide value for DSI members.
Principle 3: Decisions made for organizational unit activity should be jointly coordinated to avoid territorial and programmatic conflicts.
Organizational units hold annual meetings and conferences, under the joint guidance of their respective governance boards and DSI. Officers and elected members of these governance boards must be Regular Members of DSI.