From Rhetoric to Practice: Recruiting Strategies to Make Diversity More Meaningful in Your Organization

From Rhetoric to Practice: Recruiting Strategies to Make Diversity More Meaningful in Your Organization

Hiring and retaining diverse teams is not only the right thing to do but also can be smart business, especially for organizations in the mission-driven sector, a report from the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity argues. According to From Rhetoric to Practice: Recruiting Strategies to Make Diversity More Meaningful in Your Organization (4 pages, PDF), assembling a workforce that is diverse in terms of race/ethnicity, gender, class, age, disability status, sexual orientation, and other identities is only the first step in building meaningful diversity. The authors recommend that organizations looking to enhance their diversity make sure that job candidates' attributes, experiences, and perspectives complement and enhance organizational strengths, needs, values, and workforce composition in ways that advance the mission. The issue brief also offers tips on conducting an organizational scan, forming a search committee, doing outreach and advertising, and retaining diverse staff.