Outreach to Nontraditional Voices

Now is the time to make the commitment! Meaningful engagement is time and resource intensive. Your organization or group may already have bi-directional communication established and a working harmony with the community. For those who do not, however, you may be working with historical marginalization and disconnection. This is particularly the case when agencies or organizations are trying to engage underserved/marginalized populations that have been excluded from the decision-making process.  Because of the challenges organizations face when trying to incorporate these voices into their groups, it is often easy to suggest why now is not the right time, or that it is not important or appropriate to engage these voices. However, there are steps you can take to mitigate these challenges, outlined in this section.