Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Toolkit

AAUW seeks to promote inclusion and awareness for all members to create an equitable, sustainable and inclusive membership reflective of today’s world.

We recognize the need to attract and retain members and to celebrate the diversity that all individuals bring. Members of AAUW have long raised awareness through their impactful initiatives, programs and research.

AAUW is dedicated to helping members become more comfortable sharing their perspectives outside of diversity trainings and to address diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in all aspects of their work and lives. We seek to encourage ongoing dialogue that will inspire all members to bring these values to their personal and professional interactions. Within AAUW, our goal is to turn these conversations into actionable goals and strategies for each branch. We seek to help members understand how inclusion factors into every decision made in the branch and in their lives. AAUW hopes to bring inclusion to the workplace, including transparent advancement and opportunities for development.

The AAUW Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) resources aim to identify best practices for promoting diversity, equity and inclusion within AAUW. These resources present guidelines for how AAUW branches, national members, student members and individual members can demonstrate an understanding of AAUW’s mission, values, goals and strategic plan. It is meant to start the inclusion conversation. We encourage all members to seek ways to incorporate inclusive practices into their branches and daily life.

As Maya Angelou said, “In diversity, there is beauty and there is strength.” AAUW respects and celebrates the diversity of our members and those differences form the backbone of our organization. These resources are one way to show others how to bring together differences for positive change through inclusive practices.

Thank you for your efforts. We hope to help create positive change.

Past Webinars

Creating Allyship
Thursday, January 27 | 4pm ET
What is allyship? How can one truly be an ally? What is the connection between allyship and privilege? Please join us for a discussion of allyship and learn how to hold branch programming on this topic. With diverse allies within their membership, states and branches can better build inclusive spaces and attract new audiences, including potential new members.

Intersectionality Identified
Thursday, March 24 | 7pm ET
Please join the Inclusion & Equity Committee for a discussion of intersectionality. By understanding the dimensions of diversity and how they intersect, we can begin to understand the complex and cumulative impact of discrimination and oppression. In this webinar, participants will learn about intersectionality as well as how to create branch or state programming for members on this concept.
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Social Justice: Creating Change

Thursday, May 26 | 7pm ET
Social justice is at the core of what AAUW does every day. Whether at the national, state, or local level, AAUW staff, volunteers and members work incredibly hard to help share a more equitable world. What does it mean to support social justice and how is that different (or the same) as racial justice, economic justice and the other core issues that AAUW works on? Please save the date to join us for a discussion of social justice and what it truly means to be a part of AAUW’s impact.


  • Print:
    • Fain, Lisa Z., and Lois J. Zachary. Bridging Differences for Better Mentoring Lean Forward, Learn, and Leverage. Oakland, California: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2020.
    • Hewlett, Sylvian Ann. #MeToo in the Corporate World. New York, New York: HarperCollins, 2020.
    • Huang, Laura. Edge Turning Adversity into Advantage. New York, New York: Portfolio / Penguin, 2020.
    • Robbins, Mike. We’re All in This Together: Creating a Team Culture of High Performance, Trust, and Belonging. Sydney, Australia: Hay House, Inc., 2020.
    • Sarsour, Linda. We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders: a Memoir of Love and Resistance. New York, New York: 37 INK, Simon & Schuster, 2020.
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