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Include Is a Verb: Moving from Talk to Action on Diversity and Inclusion

May 1, 2017 | Media Mention

Check out this whitepaper featuring AWIS’ exemplary action-oriented D+I work!

Include Is a Verb: Moving from Talk to Action on Diversity and Inclusion

Associations generally talk a great talk on diversity and inclusion. The place we tend to struggle is with turning our powerful D+I statements into actions that create positive change in our staff teams, volunteer leadership, membership, and the professions and industries we serve.

In our new whitepaper Include Is a Verb: Moving from Talk to Action on Diversity and Inclusion, Sherry Marts and I tackle the challenge of turning associations’ powerful talk into equally impactful walk. We share some key concepts in D+I, discuss what makes the association D+I environment unique and the pros and cons that come with that, and provide concrete steps you can take for yourself, your staff, your volunteers, and your members to become a truly diverse and inclusive organization.

The whitepaper also includes interviews with a DELP mentor/scholar team (Shawn Boynes and Desirée Knight) and with Cie Armtead, the current chair of ASAE’s D+I committee; sidebars from noted D+I experts Jessica Pettitt, Joan Eisenstodt, and Joe Gerstandt; and case studies of three associations that are doing outstanding D+I work for the audiences they serve (the Association for Women in Science, the Entomological Society of America, and the Geological Society of America).

It’s free, and you can download a copy at bit.ly/2peWwP0 – we don’t collect any data on you to get it, and you won’t end up on some mailing list you didn’t ask for. We just use the bit.ly as an easy mechanism to count the number of times it’s been downloaded.

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