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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The League of Women Voters offers a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment that is welcoming to all who are drawn to our mission and wish to make a positive impact.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are mutually reinforcing. Increased inclusion is associated with increased equity; the majority of organizations with higher inclusion and equity also have greater demographic diversity.

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Defining Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Diversity includes all of the similarities and differences among people, not limited to: gender/gender identity, ethnicity, race, native or indigenous origin, socioeconomic status, age, generation, sexual orientation, culture, religion, belief system, marital/partnership status, parental status, appearance, language, accent, ability status, mental health, education, geography, nationality, professional experience, thinking style, personality type, physical appearance, and political perspective or affiliation. 

Diversity refers to population groups that have been historically underserved in socially, politically, or economically powerful institutions and organizations. These groups include but are not restricted to populations of color, such as Black Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. These groups may also include people with disabilities, people experiencing poverty, LGBTQIA+ people (which includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, plus other queer identities), and women.

Diversity is about a collective or a group and can only exist in relationship to others. A team can be diverse and so can an organization. A person is not diverse.  They may bring diversity to a team, but they in themselves are not diverse. We commit to increase diversity in the recruitment, retention, and retainment at the national, state, and local level, and in the leadership and executive roles.

Equity refers to systems, processes, and approaches based in fairness that ensure everyone is given equal opportunity and treated with dignity and respect. This means that resources may be divided and shared differently to make sure that each person has a fair chance to succeed. Therefore, equity does not mean “sameness.” Equity takes into account that people have different access to resources because of systems of oppression and privilege. Equity seeks to balance that disparity.  

Improving equity involves increasing justice and fairness within the procedures and processes of institutions or systems, as well as in their distribution of resources, including opportunities. Equity also means there is transparency regarding what actions or conditions lead to what outcomes and everyone knows what to expect in terms of consequences and rewards. Tackling equity issues requires an understanding of the root causes of outcome disparities within our society. 

Equity prioritizes efforts to ensure the most underserved and marginalized among us have as much of an opportunity to succeed as the most well-served and advantaged. By taking into account the various advantages and disadvantages that people face, we work to ensure every person has an equal opportunity to succeed. We commit to prioritizing equity in the work of the LWV staff, board, and members.

Inclusion is the act of ensuring representation of people and perspectives into a group or structure. Inclusion is an ongoing process, not a static state of being. It is a dynamic state of operating that leverages diversity to create a healthy, high-performing organization and community. 

Inclusion refers to the degree to which a diverse set of individuals are able to participate fully in collaboration, strategizing, and decision-making within an organization or group. 

An inclusive environment ensures equitable access to resources and opportunities for all. It also enables individuals and groups to feel safe, respected, engaged, motivated, and valued for who they are and for their contributions toward organizational and societal goals. 

While an inclusive group is by definition diverse, a diverse group is not always inclusive. Being aware of unconscious or implicit bias can help organizations better address issues of inclusivity. (The Anti-Defamation League defines implicit bias as, “the unconscious attitudes and stereotypes and unintentional actions (positive or negative) toward members of a group merely because of their membership in that group.”) We commit to making deliberate efforts to ensure LWV is a place where differences are welcomed, different perspectives are respectfully heard, and every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion. We know that by creating a vibrant climate of inclusiveness, we can more effectively leverage our resources to advance our collective capabilities. We commit to working actively to challenge and respond to bias, harassment, and discrimination.