Diversity networks are primarily created to bring together and promote the interests of individuals from specific diversity strands. Such strands could include: ethnicity, gender, disability, age and sexuality.
These networks typically hold networking and development events, communicate widely and promote the interests of their members. They work to help ensure that the wider population has an understanding of the diversity strand, to champion for greater levels of inclusion for the diversity strand and to help members of the diversity strand develop and build supportive, mentoring and role-modelling relationships. As such, they are great places for individuals to find mentors or volunteer to become mentors.
As well as attracting members of the specific diversity strands they represent, most diversity networks also work hard to attract supporters and advocates from all walks of life.
Many large organizations have their own diversity networks within them. Though smaller organizations may not have the size to support their own diversity networks, they often have the opportunity to join and contribute to industry wide diversity networks.