Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
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).
What do the terms in DEI mean? What do they mean in the context of
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
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