North America is far more culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse than ever before. Demographic shifts have been felt across college and university campuses as record numbers of historically underrepresented students enroll in college and attain degrees. These shifting demographics have been slowly changing the face of our institutional profile across the last decade.
The changes in our student and alumni demographic profile present significant challenges and opportunities for advancement offices, particularly in developing a more diverse alumni volunteer community. Advancement and alumni leaders need not only to recognize the necessity to adapt traditional alumni volunteer structures to meet shifting priorities but to also create new alumni programming that resonates with an increasingly diverse alumni community.
Diverse alumni share the common experience that their time on campus was shaped, in part, by their affinity community. Advancement and alumni leaders need to acknowledge that reality and build a more diverse and inclusive volunteer community that acknowledges, reflects, and respects the experiences diverse alumni may have had on campus. These efforts not only allow advancement leaders to better engage their diverse alumni populations but also will ensure a healthy pipeline of alumni volunteers and leaders to sustain tomorrow’s advancement enterprise.
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