Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
What Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC is committed to
We at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina are committed to JEDI – Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. As part of our commitment, we affirm Big Brother Big Sisters of America’s commitment to and statement regarding JEDI. Read them under the JEDI image at right.
What we’re doing to deepen our knowledge and practice of JEDI
We recognize that saying we are committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion is not enough. Our words must be backed by action.
In August 2021, we hired a part-time JEDI Specialist. While JEDI work is the responsibility of all staff, having a designated point person helps ensure we are making forward progress as an organization.
In October 2021, we convened a staff JEDI Committee. The committee meets monthly to discuss current issue areas, deepen our learning, collaborate on projects, and share resources and ideas for growth.
Professional development and training
We commit to regular training for staff to grow in our awareness of JEDI and learn how we can apply our learning to our work. Plans include adding JEDI training for Bigs and members of local BBBSWNC Advisory Councils and the BBBSWNC Board of Directors.
Videos from BBBSA to advance your understanding of JEDI
Becoming We: https://youtu.be/UI0NAJiiOwg
Choice of a Lifetime: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkzEUh-w6MY
We realize that as we grow we won’t do things perfectly. We welcome feedback from all of our stakeholders – Littles, families, Bigs, staff, board, council, and community members. Contact BBBSWNC JEDI Specialist Chloe Jackson-Pierce at email@example.com with comments, questions, and concerns or for more information.
Big Brother Big Sisters of America’s commitment to JEDI
Together we affirm that every person has the opportunity to reach their full potential. We are committed to creating and cultivating a safe environment where all individuals feel respected and valued equally. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory and anti-racist approach and are committed to dismantling any inequities within our policies, systems, programs and services.
BBBSA’s JEDI statement
At Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, JEDI – justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion – is an integral part of our values and mission. We recognize, affirm, and celebrate the diverse backgrounds, lives, and experiences of all of our stakeholders, including youth, families, donors, volunteers, and staff. We ensure the opportunity for all voices and perspectives to be heard and honored. In the workplace, we foster an environment where all people can be their best selves. We affirm that every person (regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, gender expression, ideology, income, national origin, race or sexual orientation, marital or veteran status) has the opportunity to reach their full potential. We strive to realize the full potential that is within all of us by ensuring that all voices and perspectives are heard and honored.
Presence of systems and supports (e.g. policies, practices, norms) that achieve and sustain fair treatment, equitable opportunities, and outcomes for people of all races and backgrounds. Systematic, proactive reinforcement.
Diversity includes all the ways in which people differ, and it encompasses all the different characteristics that make one individual or group different from another. It is all-inclusive and recognizes everyone and every group as part of the diversity that should be valued. A broad definition includes not only race, ethnicity, and gender—the groups that most often come to mind when the term “diversity” is used—but also age, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, and physical appearance. It also involves different ideas, perspectives, and values.
Equity is when everyone gets what they need in order to have access, opportunities, and a fair chance to succeed. Equity recognizes that the idea of equality (“the same for everyone”) may not address widespread disparities and individual circumstances where individualized solutions are necessary.
Supporting and embracing diversity in a way that clearly shows all individuals are valued, recognized, and accepted for who they truly are. This involves demonstrating respect for the abilities, beliefs, backgrounds, and cultures of those around you and engaging those with diverse perspectives, so that others feel an unconditional sense of belonging for who they are.
Definitions were adapted from the following sources: