How can a community nonprofit leverage DEI to deliver its mission? Through a Diversity Works engagement to help turn their good intentions into a smart strategy. Like a lot of organizations that take proactive steps to evaluate their DEI performance, the Child & Family Network Centers (CFNC)
of Alexandria, VA, is taking positive steps despite not having a written roadmap to guide its DEI efforts. Our engagement helped CFNC identify how a roadmap can help CFNC achieve its mission and better serve its learners and their families.
For CFNC, making a concerted effort to improve its DEI performance means strengthening the organizational culture, increasing the demand for its services among families from a wide range of backgrounds, and establishing itself as a leader in the community. In short, a smart DEI strategy is helping CFNC deliver its mission.
“The Diversity Works evaluation got me thinking about what equity means in the workplace and I realized I wasn’t being equitable with a very valuable asset: my time. I was giving more of my time to people who asked for it. Now I make a deliberate effort to check in with all employees on a regular basis to make sure everyone feels heard and has equal access to my ear.”
– Lisa Carter, former Executive Director, Child & Family Networks Centers