An Inclusive Environment
Our mission is to provide an inclusive environment for a diverse group of employees, volunteers and Club members, where opportunities and equal access are demonstrated at all levels. As an organization, we embrace and honor diversity, equity and inclusion. When we draw on the wisdom of a diverse workforce we are better able to understand and meet the needs of America’s youth and our Clubs.
We have zero tolerance for discrimination in any form. The model we set fosters our ability to understand, support and deliver on our organizational goals and commitment to youth.
Inclusion cultivates an environment that builds healthy and productive working relationships by creating a foundation of equal treatment, influence and respect for diversity.
We demonstrate our commitment to diversity through organizational assessments that analyze data and practices, a defined diversity, equity and inclusion roadmap and priority action plan, formal educational and informal learning opportunities (e.g. unconscious bias and equity workshops, online learning, listening sessions for community building, mindfulness events), employee pulse surveys, ongoing cultural recognition and events.
The following definitions were created by our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council, with feedback from additional employees, to serve as a foundational reference along our journey to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion are rooted in our organization. As colleagues we commit to upholding these principles:
Diversity is the presence of varied identities in a culture that respects and celebrates all characteristics that make us uniquely individual and collectively successful. Diversity recognizes the value of all people in their entirety with an appreciation for personal experiences in an environment that fosters collaborative thinking for the benefit of our work.
Equity is the focus on providing access, opportunity, networks, resources and support for individuals to be successful and reach their full potential. It is our collective responsibility, especially for those with influence, to address power differences and eliminate barriers that hinder the advancement of historically marginalized people.
Inclusion is the act of empowering everyone to participate, connect and grow. Inclusion creates a culture of belonging and mutual respect by ensuring all individuals are given the tools and information necessary to contribute to the organization in their own unique way and that these contributions are valued.