Promoting Racial and Gender Equality in the Selection Process

  • Place people who represent the “diversity we are seeking and who have a consciousness and awareness of the importance of diversity” in visible positions of authority — specifically, on the advisory group and selection panels, as well as on the foundation’s staff and board of directors.”
  • Hold conversations with the board, advisors, and panelists about the importance of making awards to a diverse group of grantees
  • Tell applicants and other constituents “in written application materials and guidelines” about the program’s commitment to diversity — “and define diversity, providing examples of what diversity might mean.”
  • Even with guidelines, “constant vigilance” is critical to ensure this is a top priority.

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This takeaway was derived from Grants to Individuals.