NCRA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Presentation Guidelines
Developed in May 2020, updated in June 2022
The following guidelines are not intended to guarantee a product or piece of information is appropriate to all audiences. Rather, we hope that this document will serve as a point of reference and stimulate careful consideration by anyone preparing a presentation.
Some of them were gleaned from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), Cultural Considerations: Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Presentations. The article is well worth reading as are the resources presented there.
- Cross Cultural: Consider how different cultures may relate to your subject.
- Language and Literacy: Think about your audiences preferred languages – both spoken and signed, and literacy level.
- Diverse Perspectives: Use case studies, scenarios, or vignettes examples that reflect diverse perspectives.
- Build Connections: Aim to create a presentation that supports new or renewed connections and community-building.
- Positive Examples: Include positive examples from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Also include examples from urban, suburban, and rural frontier populations, as well as examples from U.S. territories and tribal communities.
- Diverse Data: Where available include statistics, demographic data or trends about racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse groups as appropriate or indicate where it is not available.
- Diverse Images: Portray images, graphics, and visual aids that both incorporate people with disabilities and reflect the culturally and ethnically diverse groups and communities in which they live. Avoid type casting.
- Resource Languages: Indicate whether the resources highlighted in your presentation are available in different languages.
- Honor Experience and Struggles: Recognize that many sustainable practices and norms today have been practiced for many generations and the roots of the Zero-Waste movement lie in the decades long experiences and struggles of communities of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).
- Integrity: While giving your presentation, speak with integrity, avoid assumptions and generalizations.