ASAE Creating Best Practices for Associations Around Diversity, Inclusion

In an effort at making organizations more diverse, the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) has partnered with the National Human Services Assembly (NHSA) to develop a sector-wide strategic framework educating nonprofits and associations about best practices in diversity and inclusion, it announced last week.

“There’s a convergence of demographic, social and technological shifts taking place, and nonprofit membership organizations face challenges of starting and sustaining progress in specific areas of diversity and inclusion,” ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV said in a statement. “The collaboration with NHSA will give us an opportunity to develop products and practices that we can share across the nonprofit sector.”

Work on the framework will officially commence in March, when ASAE and NHSA will meet to discuss goals, outline key elements of the plan and develop a timeline for implementation. In the meantime, NHSA will promote to its members ASAE’s “Association Inclusion Index,” a diagnostic tool that allows associations to measure and improve diversity and inclusion within their organization.

Ultimately, ASAE said, the goal of the partnership and its resultant framework will be sharing a vision for diversity in associations and promoting inclusion across the industry.

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