NACA® Diversity & Inclusion Resources

Have you ever looked out over one of your events and wondered why the crowd was so homogenous?

Have you known students or staff who didn’t feel included in events due to some aspect of their identity? Have you ever felt that way yourself?

How would you like to change that?

Concepts and practices pertaining to diversity and inclusion have long been important to campus activities practitioners, and as social demographics continue to evolve in the 21st century, it will be even more crucial to understand and meet the needs of diverse constituencies on our campuses and in our organizations and communities.

NACA Statement Against Racial Violence

The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor are painful. Racism, oppression, and violent acts directed towards Black people continues in our society and within our college communities. Black lives matter and NACA sees you, hears you, supports you, and stands with you.

As an Association with a new vision "To create college communities where everyone belongs" we know there is much work to be done for our college communities – and our society – to truly become environments where everyone belongs. The Association is committed to doing more to promote diversity in programs and services as we aim to transform college communities through inclusive learning, meaningful connections, and engaging entertainment. Several of the immediate actions the Association took was to stand in solidarity with the Black community as the music industry hosted "Blackout Tuesday" (June 2) and host a Coffee & Conversations (June 4) webinar for members intended to be a brave space for colleagues to see, hear, and support one another (a recording of the webinar is available in NACA Encore).

Diversity and inclusion are core values of the Association. In 2016, the Association adopted a Statement on Diversity and a Statement on 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 also established the Competencies for Diversity & Inclusion. The competencies are designed to assist students and professional staff in developing an increased awareness of diversity and inclusion and to offer guidelines for facilitating diverse and engaged communities on campuses. We encourage members to review and utilize these statements and competencies in their work and programming.

Key Resources

This page will serve as a repository for diversity and inclusion programs, resources, and services and will be updated regularly.

  • Statement on Diversity
  • Statement on Non-Discrimination, Diversity Advancement and Affirmative Action Principles
  • Civility Statement
  • Competencies for Diversity & Inclusionto 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 Summer Series: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Weeks
    • Identity Week (June 29-July 2, 2020) - Who are we? Come engage in a brave space to learn diversity, equity, and inclusion fundamentals and how our identities impact our communities.
    • Advocacy, Activism, & Allyship Week (July 7-10, 2020) - How do we empower voices to be shared, heard, and represented? Engage in sessions to learn how to support marginalized populations and develop inclusive communities.
  • 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 – this volunteer team guides diversity and inclusion initiatives for the association and has a goal to equip advisors to impact social justice through programming by providing the means to advocate for diversity and inclusion.
  • Diversity & Inclusion Task Force Report (May 2017)
  • Stand Up to White Supremacy - NACA Blog by Dr. Sarah Keeling, July 27, 2020