Diversity & Inclusion
Diversity & Inclusion are at the heart of what it means to LIVE UNITED.
Here at the United Way of Northeast Missouri, we respect, value and celebrate the unique characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. We believe that bringing diverse individuals together allows us to collectively and more effectively adress the issues that face our community.
di·ver·si·ty (də-ˈvər-sə-tē) n.:
The quality of being different or unique at the individual or group level. This includes age; ethnicity; gender; gender identity; language differences; nationality; parental status; physical, mental and developmental abilities; race; religion; sexual orientation; skin color; socio-economic status; work and behavioral styles; the perspectives of each individual shaped by their nation, experiences and culture—and more. Even when people appear the same on the outside, they are different!
in·clu·sion (in-ˈklü-zhən) n.: a strategy to leverage diversity. Diversity always exists in social systems. Inclusion, on the other hand, must be created. In order to leverage diversity, an environment must be created where people feel supported, listened to and able to do their personal best.