Structuring Meetings

Nontraditional voices are more likely to be active and long term members of a group if the structure is understandable to them, with information that helps them to be fully engaged. Structure refers to the logistics of the meeting, content in the meeting, materials available before and after meetings, and the way in which relationship-building occurs as part of participation. Meetings that are accessible, provide adequate information for participants to be fully involved, and are well-organized will help ensure sustained and engaged participation by members of these groups.