Girl Scouts and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Making the world a better place is the highest principle of Girl
Scouts. As the premier girl-led organization dedicated to developing
and modeling true leadership, now is the time for us to measure up to
that principle for all of the communities we serve.
We ask our membership to stand together against all forms of
oppression and discrimination, including:
- sexual orientation
- gender non-conforming
- country of origin or immigration status
- religious discrimination
- systemic oppression of those
in the BIPOC communities.
For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts has stood for making the world a
better place, and pledged to “help people at all times.” Those words
carry great weight and responsibility and inspire us with the strength
necessary to fight society’s inequities.
We know that words alone cannot take away the pain of the
institutional racism felt by generations of Black families, or the
fear of living your true identity when it may not match society’s
expectations, or the feelings of invisibility at not having your
sacred holidays celebrated publicly, or simply not being able to enter
a building to attend an event. At GSOFCT, we promise that we will
listen, educate ourselves and others, and use our resources to inspire
our youth members, staff, and volunteers to take action in order to
make the world a better place for all.
The GSOFCT Board of Directors’ permanent committee on Diversity,
Equity, and Inclusion has as its mission and vision:
- Mission: To direct the efforts to improve the climate of
Inclusivity and Diversity throughout GSOFCT.
- Vision: Every
member of GSOFCT will feel accepted for who they are, and valued for
their talents, contributions and authentic selves.
If you are interested in serving on a subcommittee of the DEI
committee please contact Tracy Knofla, Chief Mission Delivery and
Inclusion Officer for GSOFCT - firstname.lastname@example.org
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