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Forum for Civil Discourse: Diversity

General Information

There are many organizations that promote diversity by providing support for underrepresented groups.  These include the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and the American Library Association's (ALA) Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

If you have any questions about terminology, check out Texas A&M's Diversity Dictionary.

Diversity resources based on...

Disability Rights Texas provides legal and advocacy services, as well as handouts and links for people with disabilities and their caretakers about how to advocate for themselves.

The Job Accommodation Network provides information and resources regarding accommodations that employers and schools should provide.

NIDILRR is a federal government grants-making agency that sponsors grantees to generate new disability and rehabilitation knowledge and promote its use and adoption.

The Disability Information and Referral Center is a free reference service provided for anyone with a disability-related question.

ADC is a civil rights organization committed to defending the rights of people of Arab descent and promoting their rich cultural heritage.

ADL is an organization created to stop the defamation of the Jewish people, and to secure justice and fair treatment to all...

Ascend is a non-profit Pan-Asian organization for business professionals in North America.

AALDEF is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans through litigation, advocacy, education and organizing.

JACL is an Asian American civil rights organization in the United States which monitors and responds to issues that enhance or threaten the civil and human rights of all Americans.

The NAACP works to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.

NCLR works to serve millions of Latinos in the areas of civic engagement, civil rights and immigration, education, workforce and the economy, health, and housing.

NARF works with religious, civil rights, and other Native American organizations to shape the laws that will help assure the civil and religious rights of all Native Americans.

AAUW works to empower women in colleges and universities.

LVW is a non-partisan group that works to educate voters and ensure that underrepresented and underserved communities have the opportunity to vote.

NOW promotes women’s rights at all levels across the United States.

NAWBO represents women entrepreneurs across all industries and provides resources to empower women entrepreneurs to gain access to economic, social and political spheres. (Dues required to join.)

WIPP is a national nonpartisan public policy organization that advocates for and on behalf of women business owners in the political sphere.

AALDEF works on immigration policy and immigrant rights issues on both the national and community levels.

MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access.

NCLR advocates for fair and nondiscriminatory immigration policies.

CAIR's works to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. 

The Pluralism Project is a two decade-long research project that engages students in studying the new religious diversity in the United States, particularly exploring the communities and religious traditions of Asia and the Middle East.

Equality Texas uses political action, education, community organizing and collaboration to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Texans.

The Human Rights Campaign works to ensure LGBTQ people have equal rights.

The National Center for Transgender Equality is a social justice advocacy organization working for transgender people.

Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes to end discrimination due to gender identity or expression.

Hope for the Warriors provides care for veterans and their families.

IAVA provides programs and advocacy for veterans at the local and national level.

The USO serves the men and women in the U.S. military, and their families, throughout their time in service.

The Wounded Warrior Project provides free programs and services to address the needs of wounded veterans.