While organization’s public diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) statements are certainly an important first step, the work must not simply stop there. Associations need to show their clients that their stated commitment to racial and social justice is more than just a marketing campaign.
As Dr. Amanda Taylor, Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, American University, explains in this Destination DC sponsored MiniCourse, there are three ways associations can “walk the talk” of DEI:
1) Connect your commitments to internal organizational practices, like ensuring diverse representation at all levels of the organization, using equitable hiring practices, and conducting internal climate assessments.
2) Convene your members around key racial and social justice topics to share learning and best practices during, for example, annual conferences or professional development opportunities for members.
3) Collaborate with nonprofit organizations, universities, or local organizations to support innovation and build partnerships to deepen impact.
This MiniCourse is sponsored by Destination DC. Here is an introduction by Elliott Ferguson, President and CEO of Destination DC.