Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Action May 10, 2022
Many organizations have declared a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, but what turns commitment into real change? From racial justice to disability access, associations are accelerating their DEI work by providing focused leadership, building engagement, measuring progress, and demanding accountability.
Public statements from an association supporting social justice mean little if it doesn’t have its own house in order. Successful groups maintain their attention on DEI internally—and think carefully before speaking out.
Successfully advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in an association is impossible without strong support from the CEO. That kind of leadership takes ongoing commitment, tenacity, and an eye on the future of the community the organization serves.
When organizations roll out initiatives aimed at addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion, the entire team needs to be on board for the programs to bring real change. To get buy-in and commitment from staff, include them in all elements of the work.
When it comes to making strides with diversity, equity, and inclusion, it’s crucial to take stock and measure your gains—or lack thereof. To collect the right data, match what you’re measuring to your strategic goals and be sure to include qualitative input.
Associations looking to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion at their organizations often wonder where they stand and where to go next. This is where assessing your DEI maturity can come in handy. Experts offer some tips on figuring out where you’re at so you can get where you want to go.
They say that advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion is a journey. Once you get started, you need to keep going. Two association leaders with long-term DEI programs share what it takes to stay the course.
Disability access is a civil right and a human right but talking about it can sometimes be uncomfortable, which stalls progress. Taking small steps to achieve accessibility makes the process less overwhelming and ultimately more achievable.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion encompasses many layers that are sometimes overlooked. A clear understanding of those nuances and distinctions is key to implementing a DEI plan that’s greater than the sum of its parts and ensures everyone feels they belong.