Declaration action point: Establish a working group

Posted on 23/06/2022


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Establish a working group that includes key stakeholders & members of leadership

We are all biased. What can we do? The ALBA Declaration on Equity & Inclusion advises to commit to recognizing & counteracting bias, by establishing a working group that includes key stakeholders & members of leadership. This article provides useful tips & resources on best practices about working groups.


Academic institutions, recruiting, and personnel systems have entrenched biases that systematically disadvantage and disincentivize women and underrepresented minorities. Too often organizations marginalize EDI efforts as a stop-gap measure to remedy complaints or respond to episodic incidents. When top leadership recognizes the problem publicly, declares support, becomes accountable, and serves as a role model, the rest of the organization gains authorization to follow suit.

Suggested actions

  • Ensure members of working group include institutional core leadership as well as EDI representatives
  • Match or exceed your diversity goals in the composition of the working group.
  • Solicit input and participation by women and underrepresented groups.
  • Gather statements and endorsements by affinity groups and other leaders.
  • Enlist diverse leadership when setting up task forces for shorter-term discrete goals and projects.


Guideline to build a working group:

Examples of working groups:

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