Diversity Planning and Structure: Appointing a Diversity Officer
As you embark on diversity and inclusion work as a branch, it will be helpful to have identified one person who can lead the charge. If you don’t currently have a branch diversity officer, use this chart to help you identify someone who could take on this role.
Skills and Qualities You Will Not Compromise On
- Knowledgeable about diversity and inclusion issues
- Previously engaged in work related to diversity and inclusion issues in AAUW or elsewhere
- Actively participates in AAUW
- Energetic, enthusiastic, and willing to complete the work
- Able and willing to collaborate with other members of the branch board
- Open to new ideas and willing to think outside the box
Skills and Qualities That Are a Plus but Not a Requirement
- Experience launching successful diversity and inclusion programs, projects, or initiatives
- Experience in diversity and equity training
If you are unable to find someone who fits the requirements, the most important thing is to find someone who is eager to learn and willing to do the work.
Remember that this person is not working alone. Your branch board should work together to make plans for diversity and inclusion and support the execution of this work.
The AAUW member-led book club helps readers explore new ideas and perspectives through monthly discussions, both in person and on e-mail.
Sometimes branches lose new members after only one meeting. This can be a symptom of an organizational culture that does not feel welcoming to new people.
These activities will help you celebrate the diversity of your members, as well as engage in deeper conversations on power and privilege.