The U.S. workforce is changing. Significant demographic shifts involving age, race, gender, religion, and other individual identity characteristics are giving associations unprecedented opportunities to bring new ideas and perspectives to their staff teams, encourage organizational innovation, and engage members and other customers in new ways.
Associations that seek to remain competitive and relevant embrace diversity and inclusion in both hiring and managing their workforce. They implement policies and practices that ensure that all staff are treated fairly, feel empowered to contribute, and have opportunities for career growth and leadership development.
A commitment to D+I in the employment context reaps numerous benefits. According to the ASAE Diversity + Inclusion Case Statement, greater staff diversity:
ASAE Diversity + Inclusion Case Statement : Use this statement to make the business case for increasing D+I in your workforce and across the organization.
ASAE Diversity Executive Leadership Program : DELP supports individuals from under-represented identity groups in the association community to advance into the ranks of leadership in the association profession. DELP scholars participate in an accelerated leadership program of education, mentoring, and volunteer service in the association community.
ASAE Association Inclusion Index : The index is the only online diagnostic tool of its kind for 501(c)6 and 501(c)3 membership organizations seeking to measure and improve the management of their current D+I philosophies, policies, and practices across the organization, including in staff recruitment and management.