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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Statement
Though United Way Bay Area is early in our anti-racist journey, we are committed to embodying the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are taking a deliberate approach to ensure that our internal and external practices combat institutional racism, bias, and ethnic discrimination.
United Way Worldwide has recently announced a network-wide commitment to ending racism and ethnic discrimination, and as a local United Way, we stand with this commitment to fight for every person in every community, and to hold ourselves accountable in that process.
More than ever, strong collaboration between private, public, and nonprofit sectors is critical to drive real change and build resilient communities. We all need to work together to create a more equitable Bay Area.
As such, UWBA will:
- Use equity-centered program design, implementation, and funding to address barriers for people of color and actively partner with BIPOC-led organizations.
- Regularly disaggregate and analyze our client and community-level data to ensure equitable resource distribution and outcomes.
- Continue to work with communities of color through our wealth-building and poverty-fighting programs.
- Help build power in the community by engaging people and institutions in policy advocacy and civic engagement.
UWBA is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff and an inclusive workplace that values and practices equity, fostering a sense of belonging for all. We welcome applications from immigrants, BIPOC, LGBTQ+ applicants, and people with lived experience in poverty.
UWBA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, medical condition, religious affiliation, veteran status, national origin, citizenship status, mental or physical disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable state, federal or local law.
Anti-Racism and Ethnic Discrimination Statement
- We recognize structural racism, ethnic discrimination, and other forms of oppression have contributed to the persistent disparities United Way seeks to dismantle.
- We understand that these disparities have existed in the past and persist into the present.
- We acknowledge that these inequities are the result of policies and practices that work to marginalize entire populations of people.
- We unequivocally denounce racism and ethnic discrimination because they undermine the well-being and vitality of all communities.
- Our United Way network strives to engage community members and elevate the voices of those who have traditionally been marginalized.
- We work with residents and public and private partners to co-create solutions that ensure everyone has the resources, support, opportunities, and networks they need to thrive.
- We commit to leveraging all our assets – convening, strategic investments, awareness building, and advocacy – to create more equitable communities.
Native Land Acknowledgment
United Way Bay Area works across the unceded ancestral territories of the Ohlone, Miwok, Yukuts, and Patwin peoples who have lived in and moved through this region over hundreds of generations and who continue to live and work here today.
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