United Way of Greater Stark County’s diversity statement

Our differences make us stronger

In all our policies, practices, programs, business partnerships and community relationships, United Way will seek volunteers and personnel who reflect and acknowledge the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in our community.
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Diversity statement

United Way of Greater Stark County seeks to be racism and discrimination-free, whereby all persons—regardless of skin color, religion, creed, age, sex, national origin or ancestry, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or status as a qualified disabled or handicapped individual—feel welcomed and wanted in all places and treat others the same way.
  • Diversity 
    Each individual is unique, and groups of individuals reflect multiple dimensions of difference including race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs and cognitive styles. 
  • Equity vs. equality   
    In the context of societal systems, equality and equity refer to similar but slightly different concepts. Equality generally refers to equal opportunity and the same levels of support for all segments of society. Equity goes a step further and refers to offering varying levels of support depending upon the need to achieve greater fairness of outcomes.  
  • Inclusion 
    Authentically bringing traditionally excluded individuals and/or groups into processes, activities and decision/policymaking in a way that shares power.

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