What’s Next?

When people of color and those who represent all dimensions of diversity are at the table, the discussion is more expansive, decision making is improved and an organization is more robust. Studies have shown that harnessing the power of diverse lived experiences makes an organization more effective and innovative. In an effort to acknowledge and embrace shifting demographics, organizations must find new ways to create a more dynamic environment that embodies diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging.

Wherever you (or your branch) are in the journey to build capacity and cultural competence, we encourage you to read each section of the diversity toolkit, access the linked resources and have group discussions to thoughtfully and respectfully explore the content. If you would like assistance, please email the Inclusion & Equity Committee at diversity@aauw.org.

Included in these resources is the Diversity Officer position description. We recommend that each state and branch (if appropriate) fill this role with someone who’s passionate about diversity and inclusion, and demonstrates a radical yet respectful curiosity to embrace change.

Diversity Officer Position

Diversity is a key business imperative and a source of strength for AAUW. We serve members from every walk of life, every background and every origin. Our goal is to have our membership reflect this same diversity at all levels. A priority for AAUW is to foster a culture where the best people want to join, where diverse individuals can participate, where we value and demand respect for others and where opportunities to develop are available to all.

The Diversity Officer position will be responsible for sponsorship of the branch’s strategic initiatives to support the recruitment and retention of diverse members. The successful individual will be comfortable in specific area(s) of diversity and will establish a strong working relationship with AAUW’s Inclusion & Equity committee, ultimately enabling them to help increase overall representation, engagement and, in turn, your branch results. This role will also manage external diversity partnerships and will serve as the diversity liaison to various internal entities.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Applies in-depth knowledge of diversity principles and practices to deliver solutions in areas such as inclusion, member engagement, training and communication.
  • Key contact for all external diversity partnerships.
  • Partners with internal AAUW entities to set annual strategies.
  • Serves as the diversity liaison with key partners: Branch, State, National
  • Other diversity projects as assigned.