How to perform a diversity equity audit for associations

Inequities are critical barriers in organizational development. Biases are not simply an issue of individual motivation, but instead a pattern that manifests in the policies, practices and everyday operations of the organization occurring without the intention or awareness of leadership. The impacts and negative outcomes of diversity inequities can lead to lower service, poorer training quality and less engagement. Ultimately, this means associations that fail to address inequities within their organization fall short of their mission and vision.

The purpose of implementing a diversity audit is so leaders can establish a baseline to know how to start making improvements. The audit helps identify who has a voice in your association, and what needs to be done to ensure everyone has a seat at the table.

Use this course as a guide to evaluate your association’s programs, operations and culture to identify areas of strength and opportunities for growth regarding diversity equity. Leaders can use the course’s tools to familiarize themselves with various practices and policies that support equity, evaluate their current efforts, and plan action steps for continual improvement.

After this course, you should be able to:

1. Explain the purpose of an equity audit
2. Define key terms associated with equity audits
3. Prepare for an equity audit
4. Establish the equity audit
5. Explain what to do after the audit results are compiled and areas of improvement are identified

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