From Talk to Action: Embedding Equity and Inclusion Principles in Governance Design

A new Arabella resource, authored by Jessyca Dudley and Jessica Robinson Love with additional contributions from Kheira Issaoui-Mansouri and Allison Shean, shares useful lessons and considerations that may help as stakeholders across the social sector work to craft equitable and inclusive governance structures.

Across the social sector, more and more organizations are looking for ways to authentically embed the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion into their work, and we have seen that one of the best ways to do so is by building governance structures that explicitly prioritize these values. Emphasizing this lens at the outset of an initiative is more effective and rewarding than trying to apply it after the fact. Of course, crafting truly equitable and inclusive governance systems can be difficult and time-consuming. With some experience doing this work now under our belt, we wanted to reflect on what we’ve learned and elevate several useful lessons and considerations that may help others currently at or approaching this stage of their work.

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