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Leadership Team Discusses Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Recently ACUI's Leadership Team met, and among the strategic projects discussed, the following decisions were made:

  • The Council for Diversity and Inclusion, an advisory group that has been in place for three years, will be concluding its work in September. From there, the Board of Trustees will manage the direction of ACUI's diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, adding a board committee parallel to its existing ones for finance, governance, and strategic oversight.
  • To enhance social justice education for ACUI members, a new volunteer-led program team has been created. Applications for that team will be available in the next month.
  • The Central Office is exploring increased staffing for diversity, equity, and inclusion, with Elizabeth Beltramini remaining the Association's senior diversity professional.
  • Potential volunteers will also be encouraged to apply for a new short-term working group, focused on ACUI's strategic guidepost of active dialogue. Resources and models for active dialogue are also being collected at the regional level.
  • The communities of practice structure will remain the same, and leaders are exploring opportunities for addressing community needs at the regional level.
  • Funds for diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives will be considered as part of the Association's 2020 fiscal year budgeting process.
  • The Board of Trustees approved a new supplier diversity policy for the Association and is working on a social responsibility policy.

The full Leadership Team, including the staff, also participated in a training session that provided an overview of topics relating to cultural competence and unconscious bias as well as a session about the need to increase representation of marginalized identities in higher education administration.

Questions and inquiries about how to get involved can be sent to acui@acui.org.

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2019 Strategic Plan

Strategic Guidepost: Research

ACUI will take a leading role in researching the impact of the college union on campus

We strive for ACUI to become the respected clearinghouse for college union and student activities research, which will assist practitioners in making informed decisions and help higher education leaders articulate the value and impact of the college union.

  • Develop and strengthen partnerships focused on research.
  • Determine how staff and component groups can best use and advance the research agenda, emphasizing the topic of inclusive communities.
  • Enhance existing and develop new structures for the Association to collect and disseminate research, especially research related to inclusive communities.
Strategic Guidepost: Data

ACUI will leverage data to enhance education and delivery of services

As more individuals expect a personalized, customized association experience, ACUI must leverage available data to inform its strategies and business decisions. We will use data intelligence to more effectively explore new markets, enhance services, recruit volunteers, define educational gaps, and create just-in-time content.


  • Determine opportunities to better personalize/customize the ACUI user experience.
  • Develop practices to make ACUI’s data gathering, analysis, and application more effective and efficient.
  • Determine how to better reach international markets amid data privacy concerns.
  • Collect and report data to better understand demographic representation.
Strategic Guidepost: Volunteer and Member Engagement

ACUI will increase the value of engagement for members and volunteers

Member and volunteer engagement are critical predictors of retention and satisfaction. We are committed to understanding members, better meeting their needs, and creating different types of engagement experiences.


  • Learn and document volunteer and member journeys through ACUI.
  • Deepen institutional commitment to ACUI.
  • Leverage structures for networking and professional development, to include communities of identity.
  • Investigate desired engagement experiences among individuals who do not hold ACUI majority identities.
  • Identify opportunities to improve equity in volunteer recruitment and selection processes.
Strategic Guidepost: Active Dialogue

ACUI will advance campus community through active dialogue

We seek, through education, tools, and resources, to position the college union to promote dialogue and understanding among people with different perspectives and to improve humanity through college students’ constructive discourse and interaction.


  • Define the value of active dialogue, in particular, about issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Define and understand the characteristics of a campus that supports active dialogue with an emphasis on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Curate existing resources and tools related to active dialogue around diversity, equity, and inclusion.