Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging
Recent events across the globe have brought us to a pivotal moment in history where we need to speak up for the values our organization believes in. The AJLI Board understands that it is important for us to listen, learn and engage. Conversations on race can be painful, hard and personal. It is more important than ever for us to be open, vulnerable and actively listening.
The Association of Junior Leagues International condemns discrimination, racism, and racial injustice in our communities and in our Junior Leagues. Black women and other women of color have been systemically denied equity and inclusion in our economy, education, civic privileges, and responsibilities in the voluntary sector, including in The Junior League. As affirmed by our member Junior Leagues, we are accelerating our efforts to take action and advance definitive, measurable policies and practices that eliminate racism in our countries, our communities, and our Junior Leagues. When we do this, we unlock tremendous power for our communities and realize our vision of women around the world as catalysts for lasting change.
Where Do We Go From Here: The Next Steps
We understand that the work to embed Diversity, Equity Inclusion & Belonging into every facet of The Association will take commitment way beyond statements or resources. AJLI CEO Patsy Doerr, in partnership with the AJLI Board, is leading the way through the development and implementation of a long-term strategy, which will utilize feedback from stakeholders across the Association.
AJLI has convened a DEIB Advisory Panel led by the AJLI CEO, which includes representatives from the AJLI Team DEIB Workgroup, AJLI Board DEIB Committee, League Members DEIB Workgroup and Professional DEIB League Members and Certified Partners Workgroup.