DIVERSITY & INCLUSION: A STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLE
United Way of Greater Greensboro acknowledges that diversity, equity and inclusion are the heart of living united, and we believe ALL people in greater Greensboro should live in a thriving community. Diversity, equity and inclusion are moral and business imperatives required for United Way of Greater Greensboro to grow, advance the common good in our communities and achieve our efforts of ending local poverty.
The United Way of Greater Greensboro Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers will reflect individuals of different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences that make up our community. We recognize that bias can be conscious and intentional or unconscious and unintentional. We vow to purposefully identify, discuss and challenge issues of bias and the impact(s) they have on our organization, systems, and people. We are committed to challenging ourselves to understand and correct biases and inequities we discover and gain a better understanding of ourselves during this process.
We are resolved, in all that we do, to respect, appreciate, value and not discriminate against the following but not limited to race, religion, skin color, gender, nationality, language differences, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, socioeconomic status, work and behavioral styles, parental status, differing perspectives, lived experiences, as well as physical, mental and developmental abilities.
We are committed to explicitly and publicly affirm our identity as an anti-bias and anti-racist organization. Our identity as anti-bias and anti-racist will be accomplished through a culture supported by policies, funding decisions, supported programs and business practices. We will leverage differences and diversity by bringing together unique individual backgrounds to collectively and more effectively address the issues facing our communities.
We acknowledge that to end poverty in greater Greensboro we must hear the voices of people who have been systematically excluded for centuries, as well as, create system-wide change. We will make investments that reflect our mission to end poverty. We strive to achieve our mission by focusing on the root causes of poverty for the betterment of our entire community, so everyone has equitable access to supports and services including basic needs, quality education, good health, and employment.
—United Way of Greater Greensboro Board of Directors and Staff, updated October 27, 2020