“ The state of being different or diverse . When used to describe people and population groups, diversity encompasses such factors as age, gender, race, ethnicity, ability, and religion, as well as education, professional background, and marital and parental status.” - Girl Scouts USA
“ Differences among people or peoples reflected in a variety of forms, including but not limited to race, culture, perspective, talent, interest, ability, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, language and socio-economic status.” - Dr. Percy Bates, University of Michigan
64% believe “Our Board of Directors currently reflects the racial diversity of our service area.” and “Our Board of Directors currently reflects the racial diversity of the clients we serve.”
67% believe “It is the goal of our Board of Directors to reflect the racial diversity of our service area.”, while 60% believe “It is a goal of our Board of Directors to reflect the racial diversity of clients we serve.”
95% of respondents believe “It is important to have a racially diverse Board of Directors.”
Highlights from 2007 Survey on Racial Diversity of Boards in Middlesex County
Agree and examine your reasons for seeking diversity
Develop a Statement of Purpose
"We will strive to have two or more members of our board be parents whose children are residents in our treatment program." "To help us reach and reach meaningfully the Latino population we want to serve, we are committed to a board that is 40% or more from the Latino/Hispanic community."
Assess Current Situation Source: King County United Way What is the current composition of your board?