Monday Main Stage with Marco A. Davis

Learning Opportunities Related to Social Equity


Practical Ideas for Improving Equity and Inclusion at Nonprofits 
by Emily Teitsworth. 

Points to Highlight

·         “Yet while references to equity, inclusion, and diversity (DEI) are seemingly everywhere, as a white executive director, I am acutely aware that nearly 90 percent of all nonprofit executive directors or presidents are white. In my field, environmental conservation and outdoor recreation, people of color hold just 12 percent of staff positions, and participants in outdoor recreation programs overwhelmingly identify as white.”

·         “When we place the onus on marginalized people to “just do it,” we ignore the systems of oppression that have created barriers to accessibility.”


·         “Addressing a DEI leadership vacuum at the top of organizational hierarchies is the work of those in positions of power. If the executive director, CEO, or president is not conscious of the dynamics of oppression operating within their organization and committed to making change, even well-meaning efforts are bound to fail.”


The resources linked in this article from the National Council of Nonprofits, especially the Project Implicit tests and Race Equity and Inclusion Action Guide.

Points to Highlight

  • “We believe that embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion as organizational values is a way to intentionally make space for positive outcomes to flourish, whether in direct services or in the nonprofit capacity building or public policy spheres. We urge each nonprofit to articulate its own values and be guided by them.”

  • “When board members, employees, donors, and others who shape the values and activities of a nonprofit come from a wide array of backgrounds, they bring unique perspectives that influence how the nonprofit approaches its mission in more inclusive and innovative ways.”


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