Sustained DE&I Efforts Take All Hands on Deck
Advancing diversity, equity and inclusion is a journey
Programs to support diversity, equity and inclusion have been around for a long time in many associations. And while the DEI field is constantly changing—acknowledging newer diversity types like neurodiversity and gender identity expression—so are the staff and volunteers at the associations that produce these programs.
To understand how associations can sustain and improve their DE&I initiatives over the long term, we spoke with Simon Woods, president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, whose DEI program has been in place for more than four decades, and David Acosta, a longtime diversity advocate who in 2017 became chief diversity and inclusion officer at the Association of American Medical Colleges.
The two offered some key tenets that help sustain DE&I programs so that they achieve their goals year after year.
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