Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Policy
LWV is an organization fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in principle and in practice. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the organization’s current and future success in engaging all individuals, households, communities, and policy makers in creating a more perfect democracy. At its 2019 national convention, the League of Women Voters US adopted the national Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy which clearly states the organizations’ commitment to full inclusion and respect for individual differences.
There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, gender identity, ethnicity, race, native or indigenous origin, age, generation, sexual orientation, culture, religion, belief system, marital status, parental status, socioeconomic status, language, accent, ability status, mental health, educational level or background, geography, nationality, work style, work experience, job role function, thinking style, personality type, physical appearance, political perspective or affiliation and/or any other characteristic that can be identified as recognizing or illustrating diversity.
This statement taken from the LWVUS has been adopted by the Plymouth Area League of Women Voters. Over the past year, like many organizations, the League of Woman Voters, both locally and statewide, embarked on self-examination of its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion positions and made DEI a priority for 2020. To that end, we co-sponsored 4 events in 2020.
Our first event for 2021 was a book discussion of the important new book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent, by Isabel Wilkerson.
Additional events co-sponsored with Indivisible Plymouth and No Place for Hate Plymouth:
- June 2020 – Peaceful Vigil
- June 2020 – Juneteenth Celebration of Racial Healing
Plymouth Events and Activities
February 2020: Inclusion: Mayflower to 2020
The Inclusivist’s Life: An intergenerational Conversation from Mayflower to Modern-Day America
Presentation at Plymouth Town Hall by Gretchen Cook-Anderson, Director of Diversity for International Educators Services and a LWV member from Needham.
August 2020: Under the Rock
Events co-sponsored by LWV Plymouth with No Place for Hate Plymouth and Indivisible Massachusetts, Under the Rock commemorated the connection between the year 1619 and the year 1920, the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Informed by the NYTimes 1619 educational project, the commemoration included a commitment to pondering of the indigenous peoples who called the land of Patuxet/Plymouth home, long before 1620. (Read more)