Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council will not tolerate racism in any form. We are committed to providing an anti-racist environment built through meaningful and lasting work in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).
Diversity is about difference. A group has diversity when the people present (e.g., our organization’s girls, volunteers, staff) reflect differences across socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, physical ability, gender, sexual orientation, age, education, religion, political beliefs, and so on. Different groups reflect different forms and degrees of diversity.
Equity is about seeking to give everyone access to the same opportunities while acknowledging that we don’t all start from the same place. Through equitable practices, people are given the support they need to have an experience (e.g., participate in Girl Scouts). Tackling this part of the work requires that we understand the underlying causes of outcome disparities in society.
When inclusion is happening, people who are present feel a sense of belonging (e.g., have a voice, hold leadership positions, feel Girl Scouts is for them). In the words of inclusion strategist, social commentator, and author Verna Myers, “Diversity is being asked to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.” While a truly inclusive group is necessarily diverse, a diverse group may or may not be inclusive.
Surveys were designed to learn more about the needs of our membership related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). We encourage you to take these surveys by visiting the link below that applies to you. All surveys are completely anonymous and confidential. Responses to anonymous surveys cannot be traced back to the respondent and no personally identifiable information is captured unless you voluntarily offer personal or contact information in any of the comment fields.
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We're Different, We're the Same, by Bobbie Kates
I Am Human, A Book of Empathy, by Susan Verde
All Are Welcome, Alexandra Penfold
All Are Welcome, Alexandra Penfold
Counting on Community, Innosanto Nagara
The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!, Carmen Agra Deedy
Something Happened in Our Town, Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard
Let's Talk About Race, Julius Lester
I Am Enough, by Grace Byers
This Book is Anit-racist, Tiffany Jewell
One Crazy Summer, Rita Williams-Garcia
New Kid, Jerry Craft
We Rise, We Resist, We Raiser Our Voices, Wade Hudson
The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo
Me and White Supremacy, Layla F. Saad
How to be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi
New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander
Anti-Racism - the policy or practice of opposing racism and promoting racial tolerance.
Culture - shared values, beliefs, customs, arts, etc. of a particular group, area, or time.
Discrimination - the practice of unfairly treating a person or group of people differently from other people or groups of people.
Diversity - having many different forms, types, ideas, etc.; having people who are of different cultures in a group or organization.
Equality - the condition or state of being the same in number, amount, degree, rank, or quality. Equality is achieved when people are treated the same, regardless or what they look like or where they come from.
Equity - fairness or justice in a way people are treated.
Ethnicity - belonging to a common group with shared heritage, often linked by race, nationality, culture and language.
Inclusion - including and accommodating people who may be excluded because of their background or ability; creating opportunities for everyone to be included.
Injustice - lack of fairness or justice; an unjust act or occurence.
Multiculturalism - including and appreciating many different cultures.
Prejudice - an unfair feeling of dislike for a person or group because of race, sex, religion, etc.
Race - a group that people can be defined by physical qualities (such as skin color), country of origin, or history.
Racism - poor treatment of or violence against people because of their race.
Social Justice - justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society.
Traditions - a way of thinking, behaving, or doing something in a particular group, family, society, etc., for a long time.
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