Developing an Engaged Board of Directors to Advance Equity Values

Title:  Developing an Engaged Board of Directors to Advance Equity Values

Date: Thursday, October 27, 2022

Time: 12:00 noon PT, 1:00 MST, 2:00 pm CT, 3:00 pm ET (90 min)

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The board of directors play an important role in the success of survivor-serving organizations, including advancing equity values.  Transitions and adaptations due to the pandemic have encouraged new approaches for board engagement and expansion with an equity lens. This includes relationship with the executive director, board recruitment for representation of people being served, and adaptation of policies that encourage equitable practices.  Presenters will share their experience with board recruitment and engagement, and also executive director and board relationship building strategies.  Tools and resources for board engagement will also be provided.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Examine the current board infrastructure and its relationship with the executive director with an equity and racial justice lens.
  • Explore strategies for recruiting and engaging meaningfully board members that represent the communities served.
  • Apply organizational policies, bylaws, on-boarding processes, and systems that can generate and sustain an active and diverse board.
  • Utilize tools and resources to engage and expand the board of directors.

Presenters and facilitators: 

  • Kenosha Davenport, Executive Director, Sexual Violence Center
  • Abby Larson,  Program Manager, FUTURES
  • Mónica Arenas, Program Manager, FUTURES

Who should participate:  

Executive Directors, Board of Directors, Program Directors, and other staff in domestic and sexual violence and stalking organizations.

Questions? Please contact Vivian Baylor at


Organized by the Supporting Organizational Sustainability Project, learn more and view resources.


This project is supported by Grant No. 15JOVW-21-GK-02206-MUMU, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.