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As American media this summer turned much of its attention toward the social inequities brought on by systemic and institutionalized racism, we at AssociationSuccess.org made a commitment to do our own reflecting and to consider how we can be part of the solution to bring forth a better world for everyone in it.

We’ve taken a few steps since then, including internal discussions about representation on our blog and social media. We hosted a workshop July 28 about the first steps interested leaders can take at their own associations to empower themselves and others to begin dismantling some of these systemic inequities, and we made that workshop freely available for anyone in the future. (You can access it here right now.)

While we continue to pursue other opportunities to feature more diverse voices and promote anti-racist actions, we’re also looking to get a better understanding of what this problem looks like in our industry specifically. That’s why we’ve unveiled our survey, Benchmarking Diversity in the Association Industry 2020, so we can get an idea of the bigger picture. This survey, which will take you about 5 to 10 minutes to complete, is aimed at professionals who work for social and professional organizations. Though we firmly believe diversity matters everywhere, including within the vendors who target this industry, we’re putting our focus here because we believe that creating change in these organizations can impact every industry and social group they bring together through their publications, education and community-building.

How can you help? Take the survey, then pass it around to your colleagues in the association industry to make sure their voices are heard, too. Every answer will remain anonymous, but if you’re interested in the results, you can provide your email address to make sure you’re on the list when we announce the results.

Until then, we’ll keep doing the work to make the association industry a safer, more equitable place for all of us. We’re also open to feedback and ready to listen to the ways in which we can help you do the work, too.

Chelsea Brasted is the writer and editor who serves as content manager for AssociationSuccess.org. A former reporter and breaking news editor for The Times-Picayune, she lives in New Orleans with her husband and two rescue dogs.

Chelsea Brasted is the writer and editor who serves as content manager for AssociationSuccess.org. A former reporter and breaking news editor for The Times-Picayune, she lives in New Orleans with her husband and two rescue dogs.

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