After recent events at the U.S. Capitol, The Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) published its External Statement on Civic Responsibility, condemning racism and hate. The statement affirms the Junior League of Clearwater Dunedin’s (JLCD) belief “In debate, not destruction; In voting, not violence; In the diversity of races, not racism; In freedom of religion, not religious persecution; and In inclusion and belonging, not division and discord.”
Acknowledging that “black women and other women of color have been systemically denied equity and inclusion in our economy, education, civic privileges, and responsibilities in the voluntary sector, including in The Junior League,” the AJLI is “accelerating its efforts to take action and advance definitive, measurable policies and practices that eliminate racism in our countries, our communities, and our Junior Leagues.”
Our Beliefs About Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Racism is a national, systemic issue, and we must work to dismantle this system and build an anti-racist, multicultural diverse society. We are stronger together when we live our values of diversity, inclusion, equity, community, and respect.
JLCD condemns discrimination, racism, and racial injustice in our community and our League. JLCD has strengthened its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion with long-term goals and strategies.
Our League’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is a vital component of our plans. In 2019, we launched a Diversity and Inclusion Ad-hoc Committee to help our League examine how we can model diversity and inclusion in our League, our membership, and our community work.
As of 2021, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee has become a permanent committee for our League. This committee will facilitate training and ensure that JLCD is fully devoted to emphasizing and commending the diverse group of women who make up our League. We want all members and prospective members to know they should expect (and hold us accountable for) an environment of inclusion, diversity, and support.
We encourage our League and community members to learn more about AJLI’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. AJLI provides a guidepost for all Leagues with articles, books, and information about Junior League trailblazers across the country who have pushed for progress in our Leagues and our communities.
The article was written by JLCD Member Amy Tramer.