Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging at Junior League Las Vegas
ASSOCIATION of JUNIOR LEAGUES INTERNATIONAL (AJLI)
The Junior League welcomes all women who value our Mission. We are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations, and communities.
JUNIOR LEAGUE of LAS VEGAS (JLLV)
At the Junior League of Las Vegas, our mission centers around a culture of volunteerism, developing women, and improving the community. This mission is central to our work in diversity and inclusion, as we see direct parallels. We are committed to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging and strive to create a space that reflects the communities we serve where everyone feels comfortable showing up as their authentic selves.
All women who value our mission are welcome.
DEIB COMMITTEE PURPOSE
Our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Committee (DEIB) serves to bring awareness, instill knowledge, and provide operational guidance and create a safe space to collaborate on meaningful DEIB topics. The Committee is committed to champion DEIB in the JLLV and advocate for change on the toughest and most critical issues in our community and amongst our members.
It is important for us to share the definitions, so we are all anchored on the same meaning:
Diversity refers to differences among people based on race, ethnicity, age, culture, religion, systems of thought and approaches, ability, experience, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and other characteristics.
Equity is the fair treatment of all people, ensuring that everyone has access to the resources and opportunities that they need to thrive. Equity (as distinct from “equality,” or treating everyone the same way) recognizes that barriers have prevented the full participation of some groups and strives both to eliminate those barriers and to address their effects, by increasing the fairness of policies and resource distributions within institutions and systems.
Inclusion is the act of creating environments in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued to fully participate. An inclusive and welcoming climate embraces differences and offers respect in words and actions for all people. It’s important to note that while an inclusive group is by definition diverse, a diverse group isn’t always inclusive. (Source: Independent Sector.)
Belonging “the feeling of security and support when there is a sense of acceptance, inclusion, and identity for a member of a certain group or place, and as the basic fundamental drive to form and maintain lasting, positive, and significant relationships with others.” (Baumeister and Leary, 1995)
Action Leads to Progress
We’re proud of the advances we have made. JLLV knows there is more work to be done, and that this work must be ongoing if we are to sustain our commitment.
Here are a few of our past workshops/trainings:
- Strategic Workshops/ Training – FACTUALITY, Awareness of Microaggressions, How to be an Ally, Learning Through Illustration: Barriers to Belonging, How Diverse is your Universe, Neurodiversity and/or Other Abilities
- Historical Perspectives – History of the Black Migration in Las Vegas, Chicano Education Pipeline
- Book and Movie Discussions – How to Be Antiracist, Hood Feminism, Just Mercy, Braving the Wilderness