You may also have noticed the addition of “Belonging” to “DEI.” Our task is not just to “include” others or lower barriers that allow “them” to join “us” and our ways of doing things.
Belonging is more. It’s the feeling that everyone is an important, integral, valued, and respected member of our group. That everyone is needed to paint the whole picture.
1. Revision of Diversity Statement. Apropos of the “belonging” concept discussed above, we are thinking about changing AAUW of OR’s Diversity Statement. It’s an effort to incorporate the concept of “belonging” into our DEIB efforts. This is something the Board will have to determine but it would be helpful to hear from you. Here is proposed language:
In principle and in practice, AAUW values and seeks an inclusive organization, leadership team and board of directors where all people are seen, heard and respected. We welcome diversity and strive to build a caring and equitable community.
Here’s what our Diversity Statement currently provides:
In principle and in practice, AAUW values and seeks an inclusive membership, workforce, leadership team and board of directors. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, geographical location, national origin, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status.
(rev. AAUW, June 2018)
2. Formation of State Diversity Committee: I believe it would be a good idea to form a State Diversity Committee. Please let me know if you are interested!! [Trish Garner at email@example.com]
3. Examples of Branch Diversity Action: Many of you have likely already done something like this, but in advancing DEIB, your Branch may wish to (a) hold a luncheon or breakfast [Sunday?] honoring women from underserved communities or (b)have individual AAUW of OR members join organizations more diverse than we are and establish relationships with members of those organizations. Just some thoughts.