Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
di·ver·si·ty (də-ˈvər-sə-tē) n.: the quality of being different or unique at the individual or group level. This includes age; ethnicity; gender; gender identity; language differences; nationality; parental status; physical, mental and developmental abilities; race; religion; sexual orientation; skin color; socio-economic status; work and behavioral styles; the perspectives of each individual shaped by their nation, experiences and culture—and more. Even when people appear the same on the outside, they are different!
in·clu·sion (in-ˈklü-zhən) n.: a strategy to leverage diversity. Diversity always exists in social systems. Inclusion, on the other hand, must be created. To leverage diversity, an environment must be created where people feel supported, listened to and able to do their personal best.
More than 125 years ago, the diverse community leaders who founded the first United Way crossed cultural, religious, and economic boundaries to make a difference through collective action. Today, diversity and inclusion remain vital to achieving United Way of the Eastern Upper Peninsula’s mission, living our values, and advancing the common good in our communities. We take the broadest possible view of diversity and strive to be a model for that here in the EUP.
Statement of Principle
Our Board of Directors, staff and volunteers reflect the many faces, cultures and walks of life that make up our community. We welcome that every person brings unique perspective to advance our mission and progress our fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every EUP community.
We respect, value, and celebrate the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. We believe that bringing diverse individuals together allows us to collectively and more effectively address the issues that face our communities.
We believe that each United Way community member, donor, volunteer, advocate, and employee must have equal access to solving community problems; and we strive to include diversity, equity, and inclusion practices at the center of our daily work.
We are committed to using these practices as we serve our communities. United Way fosters and promotes an inclusive environment that leverages the unique contributions of diverse individuals and organizations so we can collectively and effectively create opportunities for a better life for all.
Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of what it means to LIVE UNITED.