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Diversity Statement

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION STATEMENT

United Way of Racine County is committed to diversity and inclusion. We value and promote inclusiveness in all aspects of our work. United Way of Racine County employs and promotes individuals, recruits volunteers, and funds programs that reflect the diversity of our local community. We are dedicated to greater diversity and inclusion within our own organization and provide equal opportunity to people of all races, ethnicities, religions, genders, sexual orientations, gender identifications, abilities, incomes, marital statuses, ages, geographic locations, philosophies, and veteran statuses in all levels of staff and governance. We believe that we are strong only when we embrace and celebrate the rich diversity and gifts of all people. Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of what it means to LIVE UNITED.

PURPOSE

Foster an inclusive work culture with diversified talents in our organization (which includes workforce, volunteers, leadership, and board).

DEFINITIONS

Diversity: the quality of being different or unique at the individual or group level. This includes age; ethnicity; gender; gender identity; language differences; nationality; parental status; physical, mental and developmental abilities; race; religion; sexual orientation; skin color; socio-economic status; work and behavioral styles; the perspectives of each individual shaped by their nation, experiences and culture—and more. Even when people appear the same on the outside, they are different!
Inclusion: a strategy to leverage diversity. Diversity always exists in social systems. Inclusion, on the other hand, must be created. In order to leverage diversity, an environment must be created where people feel supported, listened to, and able to do their personal best.

OBJECTIVES

Diversity: Improve the representation of the community at all levels of the organization and in our agency partners by driving talent acquisition and management practices to achieve satisfying results.
Inclusion: Create a work environment that fosters teamwork and promotes colleague engagement through awareness and inclusive leadership skills.
Communication: Ensure that diversity and inclusion initiatives, actions and results are transparent and noticeable in our marketing efforts.