Sample Inclusivity and Diversity Statements

Gay & Lesbian Fund: Inclusivity Statement

In keeping with our dedication to equal rights and opportunities for all people, we commit to fostering an organizational culture where all people are treated fairly, valued for their differences, and given equal opportunities to maximize their success.

Gay & Lesbian Fund: Statement of Beliefs

The Gay & Lesbian Fund is dedicated to working with organizations and institutions that share our value of advancing equality.

  • We believe that all people in Colorado possess civic, economic, and social human rights.
  • We believe that the fair treatment of all people is critically important to the vitality of our society.
  • We believe all people should enjoy the opportunities, rights, responsibilities, and benefits they merit.
  • We believe our economic welfare, cultural well being, and social respectability depend on a society where all people are free from discrimination and safe from oppression and physical harm.

Kids Wish Network: Diversity Statement

In order to achieve Kids Wish Network’s mission of improving the quality of life for ill children, management recognizes that we must build our network through partnerships. Illnesses afflict children from all walks of life, and Kids Wish Network is committed to building a network of people who are as diverse as the population we serve. Basic to this vision is our commitment to developing a network which reflects, values and respects diversity and which challenges all injustice.

Because we believe that diversity is strength, Kids Wish Network is committed to maintaining an inclusive, multicultural network that, through hiring procedures, recruitment of partners, and strategic links with other organizations, reflects diversity within our board, staff, volunteers and network. This commitment insures diversity based on race, ethnicity, nationality, spirituality, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, disabilities and age. Nurturing a truly diverse organization is an evolving process which enlivens our work and requires a long-term commitment of resources and leadership. Kids Wish Network promotes an environment of inclusiveness where all participants value and celebrate each other’s different contributions, skills and experience and where all people are encouraged to thrive and fulfill their potential.

University Memorial Center of the University of Colorado at Boulder: Diversity Statement

As the heart of campus, the UMC provides an atmosphere of inclusiveness that allows for free and open exchange of ideas, as well as the development of significant relationships and understanding between all cultures in the university and the community at large.

The UMC creates and maintains an atmosphere in which diversity is valued among us by maximizing the interaction of the diverse peoples in the University community. Through our experiences, programs, and events, the UMC values education and exposing the campus to new ideas.

Acknowledging that there is always room for continual improvement, the UMC commits to ongoing training and education for our staff and students.

The UMC’s definition of diversity is all-inclusive, encompassing ethnicity, race, gender, age, class, sexual orientation, national origin, religion/belief, ability, political views, and veteran’s status. It is a definition that includes the valuing of individual and group differences, respecting the perspectives of others, and communicating openly.

The Dennis Small Cultural Center, a special place in the UMC, is primarily dedicated to providing a gathering place for students of color and underrepresented student groups. Its programming and existence are in support of the UMC’s commitment to cultural diversity.

Language for a Nondiscrimination Policy

An organizational nondiscrimination policy should include sexual orientation and gender expression. In Colorado, it is the law. The following template might be useful:

“This policy states [organization’s name] position on discrimination. This policy applies to all [organization’s name] employees, volunteers, members, clients, and contractors.

[Organization name] does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status.

This policy also applies to internal promotions, training, opportunities for advancement, terminations, outside vendors, organization members and customers, service clients, use of contractors and consultants, and dealings with the general public.”

For additional sample nondiscrimination policies, model employment policies, and sample forms, download the complete Advancing Equality Toolkit.