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  • NACE Statement of Diversity & Inclusion

    Inclusion is a core value for the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), which fosters and supports individual and organizational diversity and inclusion to advance equity in all facets of the association. NACE embraces and derives value from the variety of views that diverse organizations and individuals bring to a task at hand, and creates a supportive learning environment to foster open communication of diverse perspectives and realities.

    In valuing organizational diversity, NACE acts to include and engage with the broad range of colleges and employers, representing—but not limited to—the following groupings:

    • Geographic Area and Scope
    • Nature of the Business or Academic Majors
    • Profit, Nonprofit, Government
    • Public or Private
    • Religious, Racial, or Ethnic Affiliation
    • Size of Organization
    • Two-Year, Four-Year, or Graduate-Level
    • Urban or Rural

    NACE makes concerted efforts to reach out to and engage with individuals representing these types of organizations for service on the NACE Board, committees, task forces, and activities.

    In embracing inclusive practice at the individual level, NACE uses the strengths and different perspectives that each person offers as a result of the individual’s:

    • Age
    • Disability
    • Education
    • Ethnicity
    • Gender, Gender Identity, or Gender Expression
    • Immigration Status
    • Military Veteran Status
    • National Origin or Nationality
    • Race
    • Religion
    • Sexual Orientation
    • Socio-Economic Status
    • Any other category protected by state or federal law, regulation, statute, or ordinance.

    As NACE members and organizations engage in the career development and/or recruitment of the new work force, the association’s core value of inclusion will be purposefully reflected in the following expectations:

    1. To include individuals and groups who reflect individual and organizational diversity characteristics.

    NACE members should seek and consider diverse perspectives and ideas by treating others fairly without regard to any of the classifications listed in the NACE Diversity & Inclusion Statement. Members should show sensitivity for individual and cultural differences while valuing and acknowledging unique skills and experiences.

    1. To consciously provide members with strategic educational and experiential opportunities for diversity and inclusion competency development.

    NACE members should promote diversity and inclusion as a competency in the development and implementation for all recruiting and training programs. Members should raise awareness with all internal and external stakeholders through encouraging diversity and inclusion training among those stakeholders.

    1. To intentionally contribute in numerous ways and within a broad range of contexts to create an increasingly diverse and inclusive work force.

    NACE members should recognize, incorporate, and value similarities and differences as opportunities to learn and gain by working together as global citizens. Members should encourage sensitivity through promoting open dialogue and active listening, create an inclusive environment where people will thrive and feel a sense of belonging, and create an atmosphere that demonstrates respect and appreciation for the diversity of ideas and thoughts of others. NACE members should value diverse perspectives and seek to develop inclusive communication and multicultural skills to be effective in the global workplace.

    Share your best practices around diversity and inclusion with the membership: Contact Mimi Collins, director of content strategy, for details.


    Contact NACE Member Services at, 610.625.1032.

    Approved by the NACE Board of Directors, October 2012. Updated March 2018.