MEMBERSHIP

The WNC Diversity Engagement Coalition is a network of organizations dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusion.  We bring people together to collectively support the professional development, engagement, and inclusion of multicultural people within the member organizations in Western North Carolina.

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To achieve its mission, the WNC Diversity Engagement Coalition is committed to:

  • Building capacity for multicultural individuals both personally and professionally through intentional networks of referral and support.
  • Increasing opportunities for diverse individuals seeking employment, promotion, and advancement in Western North Carolina.
  • Removing barriers to hiring and advancement for diverse individuals.
  • Promoting diversity throughout the community through strategic outreach, community engagement, and organizational diversity/inclusiveness assessment and accountability.
  • Expanding the number of workplaces in Western North Carolina that are genuinely inclusive: where all employees feel welcome, included, engaged, and valued for the contributions they make because of the different perspectives they bring.

With a combined workforce of over 15,000 employees, the following anchor institutions constitute the Founding Members, in partnership with the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce:

  • Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
  • Buncombe County
  • City of Asheville
  • Mission Health
  • Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC)
  • University of North Carolina Asheville

Membership Benefits

The WNC Diversity Engagement Coalition offers many benefits to its partnering member organizations and the community based on their level of commitment to the Coalition.  Overall membership benefits include:

  • Collaboration with Organizations Committed to Diversity & Inclusion
  • Professional Development Series
  • Professional Networking
  • Professional Coaching
  • Employee Mentoring
  • Benchmarking/Assessment of Diversity and Inclusiveness Initiatives
  • Sharing of Best Practices
  • Notification of Job Postings
  • Identified on the website and social media as members with links back to the respective organizations
  • Annual Diversity/Inclusiveness Events

Monthly Membership Meeting:  Open to all members at any participation level for the purpose of networking, collaboration, training and materials, and providing input into the work of the Coalition.

Membership Expectations:

  • Commitment to and Implementation of Inclusiveness Practices
  • Designated Representative
  • Participation in WNC Diversity Engagement Coalition Events
  • Organization Public Relations/Communication Contact
  • Organization Diversity/Inclusiveness Assessment
  • Progress Reporting
  • Promote Diversity/Inclusiveness Activities
  • Financial Investment

Membership/Investment Levels

Friendship Membership/Investment

Friend Membership in the WNC Diversity Engagement Coalition allows participating organizations to:

  • Collaborate with organizations committed to diversity and inclusion,
  • Enroll their employees in professional development courses sponsored by the Diversity Engagement Coalition,
  • Participate in networking/social events,
  • Access to monthly newsletter, and
  • Access to the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World (as adapted for WNC).

Membership investment is based on commitment to the WNC Diversity Engagement Coalition's Mission and Vision, participating in diversity/inclusion activities, basic monitoring of inclusion policies, and an annual financial investment.

The annual financial investment is based on the number of employees as follows:

Organizations with 1-99 Employees                                          $500      (1-5 Employees' PD slots per year)
Organizations with 100-199 Employees                                    $1,000    (1-10 Employees' PD slots per year)
Organizations with 200+ Employees                                          $1,500    (1-15 Employees' PD slots per year)

Other events are available to members based on a pay-as-you-go basis.


Partner Membership/Investment

Membership at the Partner level allows participating organizations to take advantage of the Friend Membership benefits as well as:

  • Access to professional coaching opportunities,
  • Notification of job opportunities among member organizations, and
  • Training for the self-implementation and use of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks:  Standards for Organizations Around the World (as adapted for WNC).

Membership investment is based on commitment to the Diversity Engagement Coalition's Mission and Vision, participating in diversity/inclusion activities, basic monitoring of inclusion policies, and an annual financial investment.

The annual financial investment is based on the number of employees as follows:

Organizations with 1-99 Employees                                          $2,000    (1-20 Employees' PD slots per year)
Organizations with 100-199 Employees                                    $2,500    (1-25 Employees' PD slots per year)
Organizations with 200+ Employees                                          $3,000    (1-30 Employees' PD slots per year)

Other events are available to members based on a pay-as-you-go basis.


Leader Membership/Investment

The Leader Membership level allows participating organizations to take advantage of Friend and Partner Membership opportunities, as well as the following membership benefits:

  • Employee Mentoring,
  • Benchmarking/Assessment of Diversity and Inclusiveness Initiatives,
  • Sharing of Best Practices, and
  • Identified on the website as a member with a link back to the respective organizations.

Membership investment is based on commitment to the WNC Diversity Engagement Coalition's Mission and Vision, participating in diversity/inclusion activities, basic monitoring of inclusion policies, and an annual financial investment.

The annual financial investment is based on the number of employees as follows:

Organizations with 1-99 Employees                                          $3,500    (1-35 Employees' PD slots per year)
Organizations with 100-199 Employees                                    $4,000    (1-40 Employees' PD slots per year)
Organizations with 200+ Employees                                          $4,500    (1-45 Employees' PD slots per year)

Other events are available to members based on a pay-as-you-go basis.


Sustainer Membership/Investment

Membership at the Sustainer level provides the highest level of membership benefits.  Benefits include:

  • Collaborate with organizations committed to diversity and inclusion,
  • Enroll their employees in professional development courses sponsored by the WNC Diversity Engagement Coalition, expanded to include middle-level and senior leaders,
  • Participate in networking/social events,
  • Access to monthly newsletter,
  • Access to professional coaching opportunities,
  • Notification of job opportunities among member organizations,
  • Training for the self-implementation and use of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks:  Standards for Organizations Around the World (as adapted for WNC),
  • Employee Mentoring,
  • Benchmarking/Assessment of Diversity and Inclusiveness Initiatives,
  • Sharing of Best Practices,
  • Identified on the website as a Sustaining Member with a link back to the respective organization, and
  • Annual Diversity/Inclusiveness Events.

Membership investment is based on commitment to the Diversity Engagement Coalition's Mission and Vision, participating in diversity/inclusion activities, basic monitoring of inclusion policies, and an annual financial investment.

The annual financial investment is based on the number of employees as follows:

Organizations with 1-99 Employees                                          $5,000    (1-50 Employees' PD slots per year)
Organizations with 100-199 Employees                                    $6,000    (1-55 Employees' PD slots per year)
Organizations with 200+ Employees                                          $7,000    (1-60 Employees' PD slots per year)



Leadership Structure

The Steering Committee makes decisions related to the direction, leadership, and operations of the Diversity Engagement Coalition.  This committee is made up of a subset of the larger membership and meets once a month.  There is also a general membership meeting that occurs once a month that provides networking and learning opportunities and a forum for input.