I’m All In, Are YOU?
Diversity and Inclusion (The Growth of EACE, now and beyond…)
As a 14-year member of the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers, I have been asked to write on the importance of “Diversity in Leadership”. By definition the word Diversity is defined as encompassing acceptance and respect as well as the fact that people are unique and we should be recognized for our differences. At the same time the word Inclusion is defined as the action of being included within a group. These two words describe what EACE strives for each day.
How do we as members of EACE, define Diversity in Leadership?
Fundamentally, the meaning of Diversity has to be mentioned. When related to Leadership, I guarantee it has a different meaning for each individual. Some common interpretations of Diversity are: racial, ethnic, orientation, cultures, education, geographic area, age, language, gender and many other areas. One common theme that we find in the language above is that having leaders from different backgrounds is beneficial for the continued success of EACE. When individuals from all groups come together collectively they are able to help this organization grow exponentially. We want to be sure that we strive for diversification in all areas beginning with the board, committees and within our membership.
How do we identify members to be leaders within the organization?
To sustain consistent growth, EACE must recruit and internally source candidates for leadership opportunities. Also, it requires a willing member to serve the organization in a new capacity. As we interact with colleagues, it is up to us to nominate those with talents that are recognizable. One person’s particular strength in a given area could be what the board or a committee needs. Each year, countless colleagues volunteer in many roles and make a lasting impact. Each member has unique talents and we want to be sure that we are including everyone. So be on the lookout, you could be the person who nominates the next President of the organization or better yet, you could be our next President!
How can I immediately help?
As the co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee it is my responsibility to continue the recruitment of new and existing members to “step up to the plate” and take active leadership roles. The responsibility is not mine solely, but every member of the organization. As we enter the nomination period for new Board Members, now is the perfect time to make your selection. Think about the person you met at the conference, professional exchange, networking events and other interactions – forward their name!
Benefits to EACE
Diversity in Leadership has many benefits that intersect at all levels of the organization. EACE continues to welcome members from colleges and universities as well as the employer community. These members will and have actively fulfilled areas of leadership and that has helped EACE maintain a phenomenal record of growth. It is impressive to see people from varied backgrounds give of their time and impact the Leadership of EACE. The benefits are overwhelming obvious when people step into the same room organizations become transformed. As we move forward the Diversity must continue to be at the forefront of EACE.
How does EACE continue to grow with members that extend from Maine to Virginia? YOU! Are you All In?
Junior has worked in the Career Center since 2000 and in August 2009 became the Director of the Career Center at Westfield State University. Also, Junior was the Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Westfield State for eight seasons and is now a Volunteer Coach. He was a First Year Experience Instructor on campus for five years. Junior received his MBTI Qualification Certificate in 2009. He earned his Bachelor of Art in Spanish and Education from Clark University and a Master of Education in Educational Administration from Westfield State.