Section 2: Common Pitfalls to Avoid

Section 2: Common Pitfalls to Avoid

Doing this work can at times feel unfamiliar and uncomfortable – but that means you’re doing it right. These resources are aimed at those who may be starting this journey and want to gut-check their DEI plan, as well as those who have been engaging with DEI work for a while but may have hit a road bump and want to know how they can avoid similar issues in the future.

Table of Contents

Being inactive

Verna Myers: How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them


From Alford Group: Creating a Culture of Equity: Taking Action


Lacking cohesive structure in your plan


From Alford Group: Be a SMARTIE: An Equity-Foward Approach to Goal Setting


Having a singular view

What is intersectionality?


For a more detailed, longform view: The Intersectionality Wars


Intersectionality in the Workplace


Being satisfied with tokenism

Antoinette Lattouf: Reverse Discrimination? It Doesn’t Exist…but ‘Tokenism’ Does


Ending Checkbox Diversity


The Small Nonprofit Podcast: Dismantling Tokenism with Trish Mandewo


Reacting when issues arise rather than leading with vision


From Alford Group: Diversity in Fundraising: Making a Long-Term Commitment


DEI Beyond HR: How to Weave Inclusion into Operations


The Hidden Cost of DEI Work and What to Do About It



Section 1: What Everyone Needs to Know



Section 3: What Keeps You Up at Night?