Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability

of every person in every community. 

 
We know the work of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is unique to every United Way community around the world. Below is United Way of Madison County's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement of Principle and Anti-Racism Statement which outline our commitment to building sustainable, inclusive, and resilient organizations and communities.

 

DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLE

We take the broadest possible view of diversity. 
 
We value the visible and invisible qualities that make you who you are.
 
We welcome that every person brings a unique perspective and experience to advance our mission and progress our fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.
 
We believe that each United Way community member, donor, volunteer, advocate, and employee must have equal access to solving community problems.
 
We strive to include diversity, equity, and inclusion practices at the center of our daily work.
 
We commit to using these practices for our business and our communities.
 
Join us in embracing diversity, equity and inclusion for every person in every community.

Live United.

 

ANTI-RACISM STATEMENT

 
United Way of Madison County affirms its commitment to every person in every community by standing for what is right and just regardless of how uncomfortable it may make us or others feel.
 
At our core, United Way works with intentionality turning outward to capture all our community members hopes and dreams. We recognize and condemn the systemic racism that is at the core of oppression and inequity. Those who have been historically marginalized and excluded have hopes and dreams that have gone undervalued. 
 
United Way exists to eliminate disparities in our community.  This works requires us to focus on race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status, as well as other intersectional identities, to end the inequities and injustices that persist in our communities.   
 
As an organization we are committed to cultural humility with the understanding that equity, diversity, inclusion and justice are necessary to create a thriving community for everyone. It is with humility that United Way staff, board and volunteers lean into our discomfort in efforts to learn, grow and act. 
 
As United Way of Madison County, we commit to the identification and eradication of our own organizational and systemic barriers. The use of racially evasive tactics or behaviors that uphold racism, inequity and oppression will not be tolerated. We commit to leveraging all our assets (e.g., convening, strategic investments, awareness building, advocacy) to create more equitable communities.  
 
We believe that Living United…
is an ongoing commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and justice.
means making a daily, active choice to be anti-racist. 
means that our community thrives when fair treatment, access and opportunity exists for every person in Delaware, Henry and Randolph Counties. 
 
Together we can build a community where all are seen, heard and valued.