NIRSA Focuses on Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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In its 2021-24 Strategic Plan, NIRSA “committed to becoming an anti-racist organization that empowers its members to be actively engaged in the work to create anti-racist campus communities and dismantle systemic racism.”

But that doesn’t go far enough, according to NIRSA elected officials, association members and a new report that outlines nine ways in which the association can more effectively incorporate justice, diversity, equity and inclusion (JDEI) in its operations.

“My vision is that NIRSA members feel a sense of belonging and that they see that the association hears their concerns and addresses them authentically and genuinely. That has not always been the case,” says Victoria Lopez-Herrera, senior associate director of campus recreation at the University of Texas at San Antonio and a member of NIRSA’s EDI Climate Study Steering Committee, which worked closely with 122 Consulting Group, a Philadelphia-based diversity, equity and inclusion firm, to gather data and facilitate focus groups that resulted in the “JDEI Organizational Climate Assessment.” The results will be made public this summer.

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