Diversity, Inclusivity & Equity

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United Way’s Diversity & Inclusion Statement

As a champion for building strong and healthy communities, United Way Blackhawk Region celebrates diversity. We promote an inclusive environment where everyone respects and values the contributions of all people and believe all people should have an opportunity to make an impact in society.

United Way seeks to engage the entire community in our work without regard to race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity & expression, disability, sexual orientation, veteran-status, familial status or socio-economic status.

United Way takes the broadest possible view of diversity, going beyond visible differences to affirm the essence of all individuals including the realities, background, experiences, skills and perspectives that make each person who they are. That commitment will be reflected in all aspects of United Way’s work – service delivery, staffing or volunteer participation.

It is through the collective efforts of individuals in our communities that we create a responsible and vibrant society, one which respects, honors and thrives on the unique attributes of its members.

United Way’s Equity Definition

United Way defines equity as the intentional inclusion of everyone in society. Equity is achieved when systemic, institutional, and historical barriers based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and other identities are dismantled and no longer predict socioeconomic, education, and health outcomes.

United Way’s Equity Vision

We recognize structural racism and other forms of oppression have contributed to persistent disparities which United Way seeks to dismantle.

Our United Way network strives to engage community members, especially those whose voices have traditionally been marginalized. We work with residents and public and private partners to co-create solutions that ensure everyone has the resources, support, opportunities, and networks they need to thrive.

We commit to leveraging all of our assets (convening, strategic investments, awareness building, and advocacy) to create more equitable communities.