United Against Racism – A Movement Not a Moment
United Way believes that every person is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect – this includes equal treatment and access to justice. Recent events involving violence and threats against African Americans expose our society’s underlying racism, prejudice and privilege that prevent too many people from being treated with the humanity and respect they deserve. These incidents are abhorrent and run counter to everything that United Way, its volunteers and professionals value, live and advocate for every day.
All people of all backgrounds and identities must call out discrimination and demand its removal from our society; otherwise, we are endorsing the status quo and are complicit in the abuses that follow.
We must all do our part, working United, to make our communities the places that we need them to be – equitable, respectful and opportunity-filled. We, as a society, can and must do better to guarantee that the basic human rights and freedoms of every person in every community are protected.
Statement from United Way’s Worldwide Board Chair and CEO on equity and access to justice
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley strives to be a model of diversity and inclusion. Our Board, staff and volunteers reflect the many faces, cultures and walks of life that make up our community. We respect and value the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. We believe that bringing diverse individuals together allows us to effectively address the issues facing our community. It is our aim, therefore, that our partners, strategies and investments reflect these core values. Diversity and inclusion are vital to achieving our mission, living our values and advancing the common good. United Way fosters an environment that leverages contributions of diverse individuals and organizations to create a better life for all. United Way respects the diverse backgrounds, experiences, skills, and perspectives that make each person who they are. Engaging the power of diverse partners results in solutions to address complex community issues. Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of what we do.
Our Board of Directors and Staff participated in the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge © by the American Bar Association. We invite you to take the challenge along with us.