As nonprofit and association executives become more intentional about recruiting board members and volunteers from underrepresented groups, the tendency arises to “count bodies” as evidence of an organization’s commitment to diversity.
Representation matters, but it is inclusion that enables leaders to take diversity beyond optics and actively commit to listening to – and learning from – individuals whose voices are typically unheard. Perhaps the most compelling way to demonstrate this commitment is through storytelling.
Sharing the diverse stories of the board members and volunteers who represent your organization can promote a sense of belonging and build stronger connections than numbers ever could.
– Adena J. White, President of Public Relations Society of America, Arkansas Chapter