Teen Life Board Diversity Policy
Purpose: Teen Life serves students from diverse backgrounds and cultures through Support Groups on private and public school campuses. Though Support Groups are by design inclusive, representation of board members has not historically reflected the communities Teen Life serves.
Strategy: In an effort to dismantle systems in education and society that disproportionately produce outcomes unfavorable to students of color, Teen Life is committed to addressing blind spots in our board nomination process within the framework listed below.
The Leadership at Teen Life must be having active conversations around race and how our decisions impact people of color. We must be honest with ourselves about where we are helping, and where we might be doing harm. The board will attempt to better understand the public school system's issues with racial equity, and crystalize how we are addressing these issues with our programming. With this knowledge, the board will be better equipped to identify new candidates who can help us address these issues on behalf of our students and schools.
Teen Life's board of directors has identified a lack of diversity within its ranks and a significant lack of representation from the communities our programs serve. With this, Teen Life has a goal for the board to represent the general demographics of the community we serve. Tarrant County is populated by approximately half white and half persons of color. With this in mind, we will strive for similar board representation - around half persons of color and half white. These overall numbers will depend on the current size of the board. These will be candidates with a deep passion for our mission and can advocate in their communities for the impact of support groups.
Yearly, at our annual meeting, we will have a progress report from our nominating committee on where we stand in meeting this goal. Accountability measures will be established for the CEO to ensure compliance with this policy. After three years, the board will re-evaluate this policy and update based upon board size and program reach.