Composition of an Inclusiveness Committee


The Inclusiveness Committee should be comprised of staff and board members, and, if appropriate, key volunteers. The committee can vary in size from five people to fifteen people, depending on the size of your organization.

Everyone in the organization who is interested in participating should be welcomed, as long as they get their supervisor's consent in advance.

It is important that the executive director serve on the committee.

It is ideal if at least two members of the board of directors serve on the committee.

It is beneficial, though not required, to have staff members from different functional areas of the organization represented on the committee.

It is preferable that individuals who work in entry-level or line-staff positions serve on the committee in addition to staff and board leaders.

If your organization relies heavily upon volunteers and you use volunteers to help manage certain components of the organization, then you should consider asking a couple of key volunteers to serve on the committee.

For example, in some smaller organizations, a volunteer handles volunteer management. An organization such as this may wish to ask the volunteer manager to serve on the Inclusiveness Committee - especially if the organization needs to diversify its volunteer base.

Developing an inclusive Inclusiveness Committee is an essential step toward ensuring a successful initiative. The Inclusiveness Committee will function most effectively if it is racially and ethnically diverse. If possible, at least one-third of the committee should be comprised of people of color (a minimum of three committee members). The reason for this is that at times the committee will deal with complex issues around race and ethnicity, and, if only one person of color - or even two - serves on the committee, they will be in the awkward position of having to articulate their experiences without having the support of others who have similar experiences. Or, committee members of color may be assumed to speak for all others of their racial or ethnic group, or all other people of color, which is a false and unfair position to place individuals in. Having at least three people of color will also help your organization get multiple perspectives on your inclusiveness work. If your organization does not have at least three people of color who are board or staff members willing to serve on an Inclusiveness Committee, then consider asking key volunteers and/or past board members to participate on the committee. 


Roles and Responsibilities of Inclusiveness Committee

Asking People to Serve on Your Inclusiveness Committee

Inclusiveness Committee Chairperson