Skip to main content
HomeDEI Resources for Volunteer Engagement Professionals

DEI Services


Welcome to the DEI Resource Page for Volunteer Engagement Professionals, provided by the Minnesota Alliance for Volunteer Advancement, a leading capacity-building organization dedicated to supporting volunteer engagement professionals in creating inclusive and equitable volunteer programs.


MAVA is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the volunteer engagement sector and offers a range of resources and services to assist organizations in developing and implementing DEI strategies. Whether you are looking to enhance your organization's cultural competency, or seeking guidance on inclusive volunteer recruitment and retention, MAVA is here to support your journey.


DEI Training and Workshops

MAVA provides comprehensive training and workshops designed to help volunteer engagement professionals gain a deeper understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts, and develop practical strategies for integrating DEI principles into their volunteer programs. Our expert facilitators offer customized training sessions tailored to the specific needs of your organization.

Peer Learning and Networking Opportunities

Join MAVA's network of volunteer engagement professionals to engage in peer learning opportunities, share best practices, and collaborate on DEI initiatives. MAVA hosts regular networking events and roundtable discussions focused on DEI in volunteer management.

DEI Advocacy and Policy Support

Stay informed about the latest developments in DEI policy and advocacy relevant to volunteer engagement. MAVA provides updates on legislative changes, best practices, and opportunities for advocacy to promote equity and inclusion within the volunteer sector.


Join us in building a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive volunteer sector!

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Networking Opportunities

DEI Assessment and Consultation

MAVA offers DEI Assessment Services to help organizations evaluate their current volunteer engagement practices and identify areas for improvement. The Race Equity in Volunteerism Assessment Program (R.E.V.A) offers a customized approach for organizations and groups who wish to examine and take action to address race equity in volunteerism. 

  • Comprehensive written assessment tool which includes a report
  • Recommendations and suggested action steps
  • Conversation-based assessment process
  • Coaching; training; and action planning assistance.  


Our DEI Consulting Services are centered around the following key principles:

Adaptive Approach: We recognize that volunteer organizations vary in size, scope, and mission. We work closely with each organization to understand their specific needs, challenges, and goals. Through collaborative discussions and assessments, we develop customized training programs that address the unique DEI requirements of the organization.

Volunteer-Centric Focus: Volunteers are the heart and soul of any organization. We understand the importance of engaging and empowering volunteers in the DEI journey. Our training programs are designed to create awareness, build knowledge, and equip volunteer organizations with the tools and skills necessary to foster inclusive environments. We emphasize the value of diversity and provide practical strategies for volunteers to embrace and celebrate differences.

Practical Application: We believe in the power of experiential learning. Our training sessions incorporate interactive exercises, case studies, and real-life scenarios to ensure volunteers can directly apply their learnings to their roles and responsibilities. We provide practical tools and resources that volunteers can utilize in their day-to-day interactions, helping them navigate potential challenges and promote inclusivity within their organizations.

Safe and Inclusive Learning Environment: We create a safe, respectful, and inclusive learning environment where volunteers feel comfortable sharing their thoughts, experiences, and questions. We encourage open dialogue and foster an atmosphere of mutual respect and understanding, ensuring that everyone's voice is heard and valued.

Our approach is designed to help volunteer organizations lay a strong foundation for their DEI initiatives, fostering an inclusive culture that attracts diverse volunteers and maximizes their collective impact. By embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion, volunteer organizations can better serve their communities and create lasting social change.

For more information about MAVA's DEI resources and services, or to inquire about customized support for your organization, please contact Michael Nguyen, DEI Director at We look forward to partnering with you on your DEI journey and supporting your efforts to create more inclusive and equitable volunteer programs.