Acknowledging the experiences of alumni from marginalized populations, understanding the impact of institutionalized white privilege in higher education, and reconciling our own biases are key steps towards rethinking and redesigning traditional engagement and fundraising models in the 21st century and beyond.
In this self-reflective workshop, attendees will work with their own institutional data relating to diversity and inclusion at their workplace and discuss how to tangibly strengthen and engage with marginalized alumni. This workshop will end with all attendees completing a Diversity and Inclusion action plan to help them integrate D&I initiatives in their own workplaces. Together, we will hold candid and open conversations about diversity challenges in our respective institutions and brainstorm possible solutions.
Advancement professionals at all levels are encouraged to participate, including senior directors and vice presidents who are responsible for leading diversity and inclusion efforts.
Before the pre-conference, attendees will be encouraged to gather institutional data relating to diversity and inclusion at their workplace, in order to better inform the conversation and their goals for the future. This data might include such things as:
In this session, attendees will discuss an overview of demographic trends that inform why diversity and inclusion efforts will have an impact on higher education and the advancement field in particular. Focusing on domestic census data, and your own institutional demographic data, we will begin to examine and discuss the need to engage with diverse alumni using quantitative means. Please prepare to share your institutional data, gathered before the session.
Over lunch, attendees will spend time at their tables in discussion and reflection about diversity and inclusion goals at their own institutions. What works? What doesn’t? What is your institution not doing enough of to prioritize diversity and inclusion for students and alumni? What could your organization be doing better?
Following lunch, an afternoon speaker will do a deep dive into diversity issues that exist in development work and this industry in general.
At the final session of the day, attendees will work in small groups to develop a tangible action plan for integrating diversity and inclusion initiatives into their fiscal year plans and goals.
Questions? For more information about these special programs, please contact Ryan T. Bersani and Trina Watson, Program Co-Chairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Members interested in attending the Diversity and Inclusion pre-conference track must register for the full conference; it is not possible to register just for the pre-conference independently.