Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in Rotary

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in Rotary – Many of us are aware of, and maybe even involved in, the U-M’s major initiative in DEI but  did you know the Rotary International is also on board with this critical aspect of today’s most successful organizations?

Here’s RI’s statement: “As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.”

Rotary’s definitions:

Diversity: Rotary welcomes people of all backgrounds, cultures, experiences, and identities.
Equity: Rotary strives for the fair treatment, opportunity, and advancement of all Rotary participants.
Inclusion: Rotary is working to create experiences where all people feel welcomed, respected, and valued.
“A top priority for Rotary is growing and diversifying our membership to make sure we reflect the communities we serve. We’re creating an organization that is more open and inclusive, fair to all, builds goodwill, and benefits our communities. We want people with differing perspectives and ideas who will help Rotary take action to create lasting change in communities around the world.”

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Bonus information! From their recent newsletter, here’s what the leadership of neighboring District 6360 has to say to their clubs:

1. Talk about diversity with your club members and create a member diversity and inclusion action plan using the Diversifying Your Club assessment

2. Invite local diversity, equity, and inclusion experts to speak at your club’s next meeting

3. Connect with local organizations that are supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and work with them on projects or events.

4. Encourage and support people from underrepresented groups to take on leadership positions in your club and district.

5. Encourage club members to take the Building A Diverse Club course in the RI on-line Learning Center to learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Given all that information, please ask yourself, what can you do to advance DEI in our club?