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Promising Practices to Advance DEI Among Non-Profit Boards

Author(s): Dr. Loretta Goodwin, Jennifer Cohen Kabaker, Dr. Kumea Shorter-Gooden

Issue(s): Commit to Equity

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The Aurora Institute works to drive the transformation of education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all. In pursuing this mission, Aurora has built the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), as well as anti-racism, into its strategic plan.

To support its DEI goals and provide structure around organizational learning, Aurora received a three-year grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI). The grant included an explicit focus on engaging the Aurora Board of Directors in DEI work to advance the organization. This case study describes Aurora’s Board of Directors’ evolution and growth with respect to DEI, from November 2020 through July 2023.