Diversity Toolkit

NASFAA and its Board of Directors aim to support regional and state financial aid associations in promoting diversity and inclusion efforts, and in developing future leaders. This charge stems directly from NASFAA's Mission, which states the association is "committed to diversity throughout all activities," and the Diversity and Inclusion statement.

This toolkit of resources intended to support diversity initiatives at the national, regional, and state levels was envisioned by the Board and the Association Governance Committee, and created by a special task force of NASFAA members with experience in state and regional diversity efforts.

The toolkit contains resources on topics including:

  1. Why do diversity and inclusion matter?
  2. Setting appropriate diversity goals for your membership
  3. Researching the diversity of your membership/leadership
  4. Ensuring a diverse leadership pipeline
  5. Securing speakers and resources related to diversity efforts
  6. Creating an effective diversity mentorship program
  7. Outreach and communications efforts
  8. Resources for counseling diverse student populations

Remember, your efforts should keep in mind the diverse needs of the financial aid community and the changing diversity profiles of our campus populations. Race, ethnicity, gender, gender-identity, religion, age, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, appearance, geographic location, professional level, or institution type - to name just a few factors - may all influence our decisions. Because our behaviors are partially influenced by various individual characteristics, association members must openly embrace all differences to create, maintain and celebrate inclusivity and promote equity.

Send your thoughts, questions, and comments regarding this toolkit, or any of NASFAA's Diversity & Inclusion efforts. We'd love to hear what you think.

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