Your organization must also acknowledge that a climate of growing intolerance and inequity is a challenge to our democratic values and ideals. Divisions along economic, racial, religious, and political lines have created an increasingly polarized society in need of healing. And the complex issues and dynamics at the intersection of race, class, gender, and sexuality call for deeper thinking as we seek to understand each other (Board Source).
As humans, we all have a level of implicit bias, and sometimes we act on it without even knowing it. Unconscious Bias training ensures your staff, particularly those in leadership positions, know and understand these biases and know how to prevent them from occurring in the workplace. This training includes introducing unconscious bias, recruiting and hiring diverse candidates, career development and performance feedback, and teamwork amongst diverse group members.
The Importance of Diversity and Leadership. Presents an overview of what the issues of diversity and inclusion are about, the context in which these issues exist within the USA, and why these issues are relevant to community organizations.
Let’s Get Started: Provides an overview of what an anti-racist organizational change process from the governance level looks like and tools to help your organization achieve this.
Tools and Strategies: Offers tools and concrete tips that the organization’s executive team can use as they go through becoming more inclusive.
Putting Your Plan into Action: Offers examples of diversity policies, recruitment strategies, and tips for mentorship.
Accountability Framework and Evaluation: Highlights examples of how your organization’s executive team and Board of Directors can keep racial equity on the table and how to evaluate your progress.
As the decision-making body at the highest level of organizational leadership, your organization’s Board of Directors plays a critical role in creating an organization that prioritizes, supports, and invests in diversity, inclusion, and equity. Whether in the hiring of the executive, the determination of strategy, the allocation of resources, or the goal of serving the community with authenticity, the board’s leadership on diversity, inclusion, and equity matters.
This assessment will help your board determine if it’s on the right path to becoming diverse and inclusive and provide you with the opportunity to educate your board members about the practices and policies that will move you forward in this area. Many types of diversity bring value to the boardroom. The DRRA Consulting’s Board Diversity assessment tool focuses on age (multi-generational), gender, race and ethnicity, and socio-economics.
The assessment covers five areas to determine what phase of development your board is in relative to diversity and inclusion practices: