global diversity + inclusion benchmarks

Following research to locate an accountability tool that would work for the diverse employment qualities of the member agencies, the WNC Diversity Engagement Coalition adopted the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB) as a highly recommended resource. This tool is envisioned and updated by the Centre for Global Inclusion and is comprehensive in its approach including 14 categories from leadership to supplier diversity to human resources.  The GDIB is free for use though permission to use is required.  

The GDIB informs the user of what a department will look like on five levels from inactive to best practises.  It does not tell the user how to get there. To that end, Managing Diversity: A Complete Desk Reference Guide has an abundance of check lists, assessments, and training tools to assist in reaching the "Best Practices" level of the GDIB.

Why is the GDIB a priority for the Coalition?

The WNC Diversity Engagement Coalition recognizes that, according to research, mentoring and accountability measures are the organizational lynch pins to creating institutional culture that is equitable and inclusive.  This book is given to each new member of the Coalition as part of the membership package (a $125 value). 

gdib support in a group setting

While the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks are a self assessment tool, some agencies prefer to have assistance to address the comprehensive nature of the tool. To this end, WNC Diversity Engagement Coalition meets monthly to continually review and discuss each category of the tool.  These meetings take place on the first Thursdays of the month from 11:15 - 12:00 noon prior to the monthly Steering Committee Meeting at the Don Locke Room in the Family Justice Center (35 Woodfin Street, Asheville NC 28801).  All are welcomed to attend. In addition, workshops are periodically offered.

gdib support in a one-on-one setting

Individual support is available by contacting Deborah Miles at

Deborah miles | history + experience overview

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Deborah Miles' experience spans a life time of work to open doors and remove barriers for greater equity and inclusion whether interpersonal, institutional, or systematic. She was raised in southern Arkansas and moved to Asheville in 1975 after graduating from Hendrix College with a degree in Elementary Education.  In 1995, Miles founded the Center for Diversity Education at the Jewish Community Center which later fully affiliated with UNC Asheville in 2013.  Through the work of the Center in K-12 schools, at UNC Asheville, and in the broader community she was instrumental in the creation of 12 exhibits on local communities and a number of coalitions including WNC Diversity Engagement Coalition, Everybody's Environment, and People Not Property.  Miles' current work focuses on how accountability structures in institutions move the needle on the work for greater work place equity and inclusion with a particular focus on the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks.