Entry Points for Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement – Promising Practices
1) Diversity Awareness – After an environmental NGO (ENGO) recognizes and acknowledges that working with diverse communities will be different from working with mainstream groups, the organization participates in training programs (workshops, forums, etc.) to further enhance their knowledge and capacity to work with ethno-cultural and/or Aboriginal groups.
Learning Opportunities through EDP:
- Workshop: Board Diversity
- Workshop: Ethnic Media and Communications
- Workshop: Inclusive Recruitment and Hiring with hireimmigrants.ca
- Workshop: First Nations Awareness
2) Diversity Action Planning (DAP) – The DAP is a tool developed by the Sustainability Network to help ENGOs focus and direct their efforts to promote diversity. It is a document agreed upon by the board and staff that would guide the organization in establishing diversity goals, a plan of action, and an evaluation process.
3) Board/Staff Recruitment and Diversification – One method for an ENGO to develop diversity within the organization is to recruit staff and board members from highly qualified candidates from visible minority and under-represented immigrant communities. Organizations like the Maytree Foundation have programs that help ENGOs connect with these individuals.
4) Community Outreach – Engaging ethno-cultural communities directly is another entry-point. ENGOs that conduct community outreach inform these communities of the work that they are doing and their desire to work with the community. An important aspect of this approach is listening to the needs and wants of the community, and acknowledging the validity of these needs.
5) Strategic Relationship Building – This is a step above community outreach where the relationship is formalized and mutual goals are not only identified, but accepted as an important part of the partnership.