Instructions: Use this Inclusivity Checklist4 to measure how prepared those involved with your initiative are for drawing strength from diversity, and to identify areas for improvement. Place a check mark next to each statement that applies to your group. If you cannot put a check in the box, this may indicate an area to develop or change.
____ Our coalition leadership is economically and politically diverse, multiracial, and multicultural
____ We have made a conscious effort to cultivate leaders and members from all possible stakeholder groups
____ Our mission, operations and membership reflects diverse cultural, social and economic groups
____ Members of diverse cultural and social groups are full participants in all aspects of our work
____ Meetings are not dominated by speakers from any one group
____ All segments of our community are represented in decision-making
____ We are sensitive to, aware of, and operate with regard to our community's different religious and cultural traditions, such as holidays, customs, recreation, and food preferences
____ We communicate clearly and people of different cultures feel comfortable sharing their opinions and participating in meetings
____ We prohibit the use of stereotypes and prejudicial comments as well as ethnic, racial, sexual slurs or jokes
If the assessment indicates that, although your group considers itself to be inclusive, it is falling short on this goal, there are many steps that can be taken. One obvious way to proceed is to commit resources to increasing the engagement of various community groups with the coalition. We have seen four very effective ways for this to happen: provide mini-grants to community groups; hire community outreach workers from the community you wish to engage; provide a community organizer to the community; develop leadership training programs, or parent seminars or other training courses.
4 Rosenthal, M.S. From the ground up: A Workbook on Coalition Building and Community Development.