Association Inclusion Index Five Preview Questions

Preview Questions


To give you and your colleagues a better sense of the format and focus of the Index, here is a preview of 5 sample questions contained in the Index:

Mission & Focus
Which one statement describes how D + I are reflected as core values? My association:
  • values D + I through compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) regulations and federal, state, and other local laws
  • values D + I as the “right thing to do” to ensure diverse representation among its staff, volunteers, and/or board
  • values D + I by acknowledging diverse groups and how they can contribute to associational success
  • values D + I as a business model for long-term success, with diversity being explicitly linked to the association's mission, vision, goals, and practices
  • values D + I as an ongoing process of empowerment whereby individual perspectives are appreciated and utilized, and diversity is explicitly linked to the association’s mission, vision, and goals
  • does not value D + I

Which one statement best describes how D + I are integrated into your by-laws?
Our bylaws reflect:

  • D + I as concepts, but the terms are not explained
  • compliance with antidiscrimination laws
  • a concern for the representation of diverse cultural identity groups
  • acknowledgment of diverse cultural identity groups and their contributions
  • the link between D + I and the mission, vision, and goals of the association
  • the integration of D + I across the association’s operations, reflecting the inclusion of diverse perspectives in decision-making
  • are silent on D + I. (i.e., there is no mention of D + I)

Roles & Leadership Accountability
Which best describes your perception of the board of directors’ role in D + I initiatives? The board:

  • views its role as providing leadership and guidance on D + I initiatives regarding legal compliance
  • views its role as being a role model by treating people fairly and striving to accommodate differences in member expectations
  • views its role as being an advocate by voicing how integral D&I is to the success of the association
  • views its role as being a facilitator by bringing together diverse groups in conversations about how to move the mission of the association forward
  • All of the above and views its role as being D + I champions even if this role is perceived to be controversial
  • does not provide leadership on D + I
  • is beginning to frame its role in D + I

Resources & Fundraising
Is D&I integrated into your organization’s overall fundraising efforts?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Not Applicable


Various steps in the hiring process highlight how D + I link to the association’s mission, vision, and goals

  • Yes
  • No
  • Not Applicable

Does your association offer professional development training and/or information regarding diversity, cultural competency, and/or managing for inclusive practice?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Not Applicable

Communications & Culture

How is D + I reflected in its communication strategy? Communication strategies:

  • do not address D + I in any way
  • generally incorporate D + I but are either unfocused or vague
  • demonstrate how D + I is the right thing to do
  • demonstrate how the association values cultural identity groups
  • demonstrate how D + Iis linked to the association’s mission, vision, and goals
  • demonstrate openness to individual perspectives, foster an environment of inclusion and support the alignment of D + I throughout the association's operations