The Diversity Council advises the RID Board of Directors to uphold the Board’s desire of ensuring that diversity and inclusion are embodied in all matters before the Board and the association. Specifically, it assists the RID Board of Directors in promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion within the association; develops recommendations on how to make RID’s membership and leadership more diverse and inclusive; and assists in developing diversity programs and initiatives.

Reports to: The RID Board of Directors

Current Council Members (2019-2021):

  • Jo Ocampo Welsh
  • Paola Morales
  • Amber Burley
  • Lisa Weems
  • Linda Carroll
  • Paul Tracy

For the term 2017-2021, the Diversity Council members are charged to complete the following tasks:

  • Work in collaboration with the Board of Directors for the purpose of ensuring that diversity and inclusion is embodied in all matters of the Board.
    • Serve as a private resource to the Board for information sharing and recommendation.
    • Under the direction of the National Board, serve as a resource, when requested, for RID committees, member sections, etc..
    • To address additional items referred to the council by the board of directors.

How is the council organized?

The council operates during the specified two-year term.  The council is lead by a chair, determined by the board of directors.  The chair and council members serve the two-year term with the support of the board liaison.  The board liaison is determined by the board.  The role of the board liaison is explained in the RID Volunteer Leadership Manual. The council members work to meet the assigned roles and responsibilities determined for the specified two-year term. Each council member is appointed for the two-year term and may be re-appointed for up to three consecutive terms. The council begins upon appointment and completes its work at the end of the national conference.

How often does the council meet?

The council meets as needed, determined by the council chair and council members.  Meetings are, generally, conducted, at minimum, quarterly via video conference with electronic communication between.  Additional meetings, including but not limited to, face-to-face