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Understanding how information is organized

The Toolkit includes information organized in 5 general themes, 14 primary objectives. and 3 audiences. The three audiences are noted on the right side of this page. Each objective is supported with a set of audience-specific strategies intended to inform actions that might be taken to meet the objective; these are provided in a general order of priority as identified by project advisors and others who provided feedback on development of the Toolkit. Some strategies are repeated for every audience, while others are specific to each audience according to its role.

Resources and examples are provided for users to explore to further understand and implement the strategies; these have been provided by project staff and advisors, and other AUCD network members who have found them useful in their efforts. These resources are purposefully selected from a variety of research, community practice, and grassroots advocacy sources representing the range of stakeholders involved in this effort. Note also that these resources are non-exhaustive, and users are encouraged to share other useful resources and examples through the 'Submit Your Story' or 'Send Your Feedback' links on the top right side of this page. The provided resources, examples, activities, and tools are meant to serve as a general guide in implementing strategies reflected in theToolkit.

The links to the right provide some general guidance on where you may want to start, based on your audience type. Also provided are two lists for quick viewing: A list of audience-specific strategies a list of all themes and objectives. Finally, an 'action plan' checklist and several action plan templates are provided for consideration by each user, as examples of how to plan implementation of specific strategies and/or objectives.

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Getting started

Due to the varying structures and types of audiences addressed in this Toolkit, a single framework or road map for improving diversity, inclusion, and cultural and linguistic competence was not developed for every user to follow. The Toolkit is intended to provide a common foundation for efforts undertaken within the AUCD network. Each user should:

  • Commit to the process
  • Carefully review the toolkit objectives and strategies for the audience you represent
  • Determine the best place to start based on current resources, partnerships, initiatives, and other considerations
  • Create a plan for implementation
  • Take action

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