The folks in Elkhart Indiana, or at least the Elkhart Truth (the area newspaper writing a series on Hispanics in the area) have noticed that 15% of the community are demographically Latino. Less than (1%) of these folks sit on nonprofit or public boards. Interviews with various nonprofit execs revealed what I would label a halfhearted commitment to inclusion of seeking to diversify their boards. The common response to why boards weren't diverse was that it was hard to find Latinos willing to serve OR that the first priority when seeking board members is a dedication to mission and possessing some "skill". Really? I would offer that while most folks aren't born to be board members, the core competencies can be taught. In my opinion, there really isn't a good reason on the part of a nonprofit for not ensuring that the voice and eyes of those served aren't sitting at the board table at a level that is at least proportional to those the organization serves. And, who best to know or understand what then are the best services?
Here's the Elkhart Truth article.