As the DEIJ Program Coordinator, I acknowledge the importance of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) in all aspects of our lives. It is essential to recognize and celebrate our differences, and to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and respected. As we know, there are so many different things happening in the world today around race and equity, but we as a community need to fully understand diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice principles so they can help us become more aware and better prepared to address all types of diversity and inequities, including those present in ourselves, our organizations, and the communities we serve. My goal is to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion through trainings, workshops, and other initiatives that will focus on bringing equity to the center of your organization. This work is a continuing journey, but together we can make a change. Let’s continue to work together to create a more equitable and inclusive future for all.
I would also like to thank Capri St. Vil for moving this work forward and keeping the conversation going throughout her many years with The Corps Network. I thank her for being a mentor to me; her guidance has truly been invaluable. I am grateful for her support.
2023 Next Steps:
- Provide a DEIJ toolkit that will guide member Corps towards implementing DEIJ within their organization
- Serve as a support system for member Corps
- Update The Corps Network’s website to reflect DEIJ changes
- Provide access to resources and trainings to member Corps
- Create an internal focus group to guide ongoing initiatives
Programs and DEIJ Coordinator