Branch Diversity and Inclusion Chair Position Description

The branch diversity and inclusion chair (BDIC) develops, implements, and monitors programs and activities that promote diversity and inclusion at the AAUW branch level.

Responsibilities of Each Member of the Branch Board

  • Align branch activities with state and national AAUW priorities
  • Take an active and collaborative role in leading the branch to plan and implement AAUW activities
  • Actively recruit new members and engage existing members in activities

Specific Responsibilities of the Branch Diversity and Inclusion Chair

Responsibilities to Your Branch

  • Initiate actions to foster an open and inclusive environment
  • Serve as the “go-to” person for inclusion issues that must be addressed by the branch
  • Use the AAUW Diversity and Inclusion Tool Kit to develop a broadly inclusive, diverse, and welcoming membership, culture, and climate
  • Work with the branch president and board to create and implement a diversity and inclusion plan
  • Serve as a branch spokesperson on diversity and inclusion
  • Encourage collaboration and serve as a liaison with other community groups and diversity coalitions whose missions reflect AAUW priorities
  • Monitor the growth of diversity in membership and recruitment
  • Attend AAUW-sponsored webinars and meetings about diversity and inclusion

Responsibilities to Your State

  • Maintain regular contact with the state diversity and inclusion chair and report on efforts
  • Share successful diversity and inclusion strategies with the state diversity and inclusion chair and with other branches

Leadership Skills Helpful to the Position

A good candidate will have experience working in or volunteering in a diversity and inclusion capacity or on tasks that have required implementing diversity and inclusion programs in the past. The following skills are also recommended:

  • Internal and external communication skills, including language monitoring in all media, especially social media
  • Cross-cultural awareness, including an understanding that each AAUW affiliate fosters its own culture, climate, and identity
  • Leadership and managerial abilities
  • Skill in marketing and coalition building
  • Knowledge of AAUW’s history and mission

Time Commitment

Approximate time required for this position is six hours per month. Attendance at state conventions and the AAUW National Convention is strongly encouraged.