Declaration action point: Have a policy

Posted on 16/12/2021 in Best Practices

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Have a policy. Adopt a written Equity, Diversity & Inclusion policy. Share it widely.

We are all biased. What can we do? The ALBA Declaration on Equity & Inclusion advises to commit to recognizing & counteracting bias, by having a policy: adopt a written Equity, Diversity & Inclusion policy, and share it widely. This article provides useful tips & resources on best practices about EDI policies.

Issues

Systemic forces, organizational culture and implicit biases are pervasive in academic and research institutions and need to be countered. Policies, legislation and leadership are often missing, poorly aligned or only theoretical and ineffectual in promoting greater EDI. Putting the policies in place and communicating them clearly throughout the organization is part of the process of educating the about EDI and gaining compliance at all levels.

Suggested actions

  • Develop, review or update your institution’s policies and programs.
  • Seek broad input and engagement from the people you wish to support to gain consensus.
  • Create a task force that reflects your goals to review, approve, and disseminate.
  • Involve the highest level leaders possible to serve as champion and role model.
  • Find examples you like, compare and adapt.

Policy examples