35 Diversity and Inclusion Organizations to Partner With to Improve Diversity Hiring
An important way to expand your diversity recruitment efforts is to go to the places where candidates from underserved groups congregate. One of these places is diversity and inclusion organizations that cater to the needs of specific groups of talent, as well as students preparing to enter the workforce. These groups understand the importance of workforce diversity in an organization, so they can be effective partners in helping you attract talent from untapped groups so you can reach your D&I goals. The following 35 organizations are examples of groups you can work with to recruit talent from underrepresented communities.
Black Women in Science and Engineering
This association brings black women who have earned STEM degrees together through networking, career development, and mentoring.
National Society of Black Engineers
From students to current professionals in the field, the NSBE is dedicated to creating opportunities for black people to succeed in engineering.
Black Career Women’s Network
The Black Career Women’s Network helps to nurture the aspirations of black women who strive to pursue leadership positions.
Black Data Processing Associates
BDPA is helping make STEM fields more diverse and equitable by building a pipeline of professionals and students interested in these careers.
The NAACP tackles the challenges of the black community in a holistic way to address issues from education to economics to social justice.
Asian American Organizations
Asian American Professional Association
AAPA provides programs and services to help Asian Americans obtain managerial, executive, and board positions in business.
National Association of Asian American Professionals
This leadership organization has been supporting Asian American professionals across industries since 1982.
Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers
SASE promotes diversity in science and engineering by preparing professionals of Asian heritage for success, as well as offering opportunities to give back to the community.
Korean Women’s Association
The Korean Women’s Association provides multi-cultural and multi-lingual services that include advocacy and education.
US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce
This organization connects Asian-American professionals with business opportunities, as well as education and networking.
Disability Status Organizations
National Association of the Deaf
The NAD is a civil rights organization that provides advocacy for deaf people to improve access to employment, education, healthcare, and technology.
National Federation of the Blind
The National Federation of the Blind provides resources, programs, and services for people who are blind in order to protect their rights and help them thrive in every area of their lives.
This organization provides services to those with developmental and intellectual disabilities, including help with employment, healthcare, education, and technology.
This group empowers companies to increase opportunities for people with disabilities and make their DEI processes more effective.
Broad Futures partners with companies to help young people with learning disabilities enter the workforce.
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities is dedicated to opening up access to post-secondary education for Hispanic students and helping them develop to meet the needs of the workforce.
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
This organization provides programs to help students and professionals develop into leaders in STEM careers.
Latin Business Association
The LBA provides programs to develop Lantinx professionals and advocates on their behalf to help their businesses grow.
League of United Latin American Citizens
Founded in 1929, LULAC strives to improve the lives of Latinx people by helping them advance in the areas of economics, education, civil rights, healthcare, and housing.
ALPFA Career Center
The ALPFA Career Center connects Latinx professionals around the country with each other, as well as provides resources for students to help them develop their skills and network with business leaders.
International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association
This organization works to support equity and social justice for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities around the world.
Out to Innovate
This group supports the needs of LGBTQ+ professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics professions.
Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Members of LGBTQ+ communities who work in STEM careers can connect in a safe and supportive environment when they join this association.
Pride At Work
Pride At Work is a labor union for LGBTQ+ workers and their allies.
This group offers support to LGBTQ+ professionals in the technology industry.
Native American Organizations
American Indian Sciences and Engineering Society
This organization has worked to advance STEM opportunities for Native Americans since 1977.
American Indian Business Leaders
AIBL provides professional development programs to help increase opportunities for American Indians and Alaska Natives.
American Indian College Fund
Since 1989, this organization has offered scholarships to help Native American students pay for college, as well as programs to prepare them for higher education.
Women Empowering Women for Indian Nations
This group empowers Native American women to improve their professional and personal lives through education and networking.
The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development
Through business and economic development activities, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development works to support Native American owned businesses.
American Business Women’s Association
This organization supports women in various occupations by providing networking opportunities, leadership support, and education.
Association for Women in Science
AWIS promotes equity for women in science, technology, engineering, and math professionals through advocacy, leadership, and research.
National Association for Female Executives
Since 1972, the National Association for Female Executives has provided advocacy, education, and networking to empower executives and business owners.
Society of Women Engineers
SWE promotes women in engineering and works to give them a voice in the industry.
Women in Technology International
This organization helps to advance women in the technology field by working with companies to recruit talent, develop employee resource groups, and build more inclusive workplaces.
As more and more talent reports that they value diversity, equity, and inclusion, and will only work for companies that demonstrate a dedication to DEI, diversity in organizations is more important than ever. By working closely with professional associations that cater to the needs of talent from different underserved communities, you can let potential workers know that you support DEI while connecting with professionals that may shape the future of your company.
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