Finding a Mentor

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Many individuals and organizations have already developed effective strategies to create inclusive programs and diverse constituents. You may be fortunate enough to be able to take advantage of their wisdom and experience. Try to find an individual or organization, preferably from within your field, willing to serve as a role model for you.

Be careful, though, about asking too much. Sometimes people are asked so often to serve in an unpaid advisory capacity that they get tired of it. Or sometimes the experience becomes disheartening because they spend time with groups hoping that it will have a positive impact on their community, only to find out that the organization didn't have an ongoing commitment to inclusiveness so there was no discernible, lasting impact. Visible leaders of color who are frequently asked to volunteer their time to help organizations deal with issues of diversity and inclusiveness too often experience this situation. Ask whether someone would be interested in serving in a mentorship role for your organization, and have an honest dialogue about goals and past experiences.

There are many other strategies you can use to create more inclusive programs and diverse constituents. Every organization has its unique circumstances that influence programs and constituents that should be taken into account throughout an inclusiveness initiative.

 

Overview: Programs and Constituents 

Defining Your Target Population 

Tracking and Evaluating How Constituents Use Your Programs

Approaches to Program Design 

Examples of Impact of Inclusiveness on Program Effectiveness  

Creating More Inclusive Programs and More Diverse Constituents 

    Developing Partnerships with Others Who Have Cultural Competence in Your Field 

     Asking Constituents for Suggestions 

     Creating a Programs/Constituents Advisory Board 

     Finding a Mentor