NAAAHR Mission Statement
NAAAHR exists to provide a unique global forum for the career development of Black and African American human resources professionals.
The National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR), is an inspirational and unique career development and networking powerhouse for Black and African American human resources practitioners and those who are aligned with our goals to provide: Networking, Career Opportunities, Educational and Professional Development, Mentorship and Coaching and Tools, Tips and Resources. These opportunities will enhance the careers of our members and position them to be key contributors of the strategic direction of their organizations!
History of NAAAHR Delaware
In October of 2011, the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources recognized Delaware as a Chapter of Interest. Then on February 4th, 2012, the Delaware Chapter was established with a strong team of six Board of Directors, and six Board Advisors. Thus, we became part of a family of 36 Chapters across the United States.
The Delaware Chapter set out on a mission to be the first State-wide Chapter in the first State. That mission was to continue to build upon the legacy that began this African American HR Organization. With respect to the three Counties that make up the State of Delaware, it is not impossible to expand forward throughout each County per year with forums, conference and events that focus on HR strategies relative to diversity and inclusion, minority hiring processes, collaborating on best practices, supporting the unemployed and underemployed, and partnering with all organizations and businesses, such as: Private and Public, Government and Military, Academia, and Non-Profit.
The Delaware Chapter has proudly been recognized as the most aggressively growing Chapter, newly started and maintaining solid partner relationships. Since launching in February 2012, we have increased membership and added new member & partner events that continue to build our legacy. That includes:
- Annual Diversity Exchange Forum Conferences per year in partnership with WL Gore & Associates
- Leadership Seminars, as a collective Board of Directors to maximize our Leadership talent
- Member Mixers to include all members and non-members, allowing an opportunity to meet members of the Board and learn more about NAAAHR and the Delaware Chapter
- Conducting focus groups and webinars throughout the year
- Formed a Diversity Exchange Advisor Council consisting of 10 phenomenal representatives
- Added 22 NAAAHR Delaware Chapter Members in the first year, and 11 new members in the first quarter of 2013, and an additional 8 members in 2014
- 4 New Board Members appointed in 2014
- And plans for 2015 expansion include adding a Diversity Coalition!
As we continue to move forward and grow, our Board of Directors expectations are: Commitment, Communication, Visibility, Accountability, Delivery and Driving Results. These fundamental expectations are the foundation of our Chapter being solid and continue to support our mission. We will never be perfect, but we will strive to work hard as a team to provide a sustainable HR Organization for you.
Look for new initiatives, programs and events this year for ways that you can contribute to the ongoing success of the Delaware Chapter.
Goals of NAAAHR Delaware
We are committed to expanding the presence and leadership abilities in minority talent at all levels, across all industries, both nationally and globally. We provide conferences, symposiums and other opportunities for professional development, bringing broader exposure of the HR profession to our African American constituents.
- To establish a national network and forum for African American HR practitioners.
- To serve as a resource to individuals interested in entering the Human Resources profession.
- To conduct, monitor and disseminate research and analysis on major workforce issues.
- To influence platforms of national and international organizations on human capital best practices.
- To establish a mechanism to monitor legislation and other factors that affect Human Resources practitioners and to develop strategies that effectively represent membership interests.
- To provide opportunities for professional development which advances and expands the knowledge of HR practitioners.
- To provide vehicles for connectivity and best-practice sharing amongst members.