NACA Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Education
The National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) strives to empower members “to create college communities where everyone belongs.” Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core tenets of the Association. NACA recognizes the diversity of all its members and supports the development and implementation of programs and services that achieve this goal. In 2016, the Association adopted Statements on Diversity and Non-Discrimination, Diversity Advancement and Affirmative Action Principles. In 2017, the Association identified a need to equip professionals to impact social justice and advocate for diversity and inclusion in its 2017-20 strategic plan and established the Competencies for Diversity & Inclusion.
Regarding White House Executive Order 13950 “Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping,” the Association does not prescribe specific theoretical frameworks or methods for diversity, equity and inclusion education, but our competencies speak to:
- Recognizing that individuals have multiple and intersecting identities, differing lived experiences, and varying perspectives and are not solely defined by any one of these;
- Understanding how we interact with systems of oppression, privilege, and power;
- Demonstrating awareness of inequitable and oppressive ways that laws and policies are enacted on vulnerable populations; and,
- Ensuring individuals have opportunities to engage in a variety of activities including and beyond those associated with their identities.
We strongly advocate for members to review all the Competencies for Diversity & Inclusion and use them as a guide to develop one’s professional and personal growth, as well as increase awareness and facilitate diverse and engaged college communities.
NACA will continue to lead higher education in providing members with educational and training opportunities, resource development, and brave spaces of dialogue, all of which derive from our competencies. The Association’s mission, vision, core values, and competencies serve as guideposts as we create, with intention, environments and experiences where all people can thrive and be successful.
This page will serve as a repository for diversity and inclusion programs, resources, and services and will be updated regularly.
- Statement Against Racial Violence
Statement on Diversity
Statement on Non-Discrimination, Diversity Advancement and Affirmative Action Principles
Competencies for Diversity & Inclusion – to assist in developing an increased awareness of diversity and inclusion and to offer guidelines for facilitating diverse and engaged communities on your campuses. The competencies include four domains: Knowledge and Practice, Culture, Engagement and Composition, & Advocacy and Social Justice
NACA® Encore – our digital library hosts over 120 resources, webinars, and articles on diversity for you to use in your work and programming, just select the "diversity/social justice" keyword to filter the resources. You can also filter by the "multicultural student competency" for student-centered resources.
NACA® On-Demand Diversity & Inclusion Channel - this channel contains webinars pertaining to diversity, inclusion, social justice and historically black colleges & universitites (HBCUs).
Leadership Fellows Program – provides leadership development and related opportunities to new professional members from underrepresented populations (including but not limited to: ability, age, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, sex, gender, etc.) within the NACA membership. There are also opportunities for established professionals to serve as mentors.
Diversity Advisory Group – The Diversity Advisory Group (DAG) guides diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives for the association; assists with the integration of DEI practices throughout the Association; and engages in special initiatives that promote advisor development. Use the Volunteer Directory to see who volunteers on the DAG and how to contact them.
Diversity & Inclusion Task Force Report (May 2017)
Stand Up to White Supremacy - NACA Blog by Dr. Sarah Keeling, July 27, 2020