New Jersey Federation of Democratic Women Mission Statement
The NJFDW Diversity Equity and Inclusion-DEI Committee and NJFDW State Executive Board understand the importance of our time and need for this new and important committee. Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is a term used to describe programs and policies that encourage representation and participation of diverse groups of people, including people of different genders, races and ethnicities, physical/mental abilities and, religions, cultures, ages, and sexual orientations and people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and skills and expertise. The NJFDW DEI committee will not just be a “feel-good” initiative in name only. We understand the importance of all women being heard and are an engaged part of this wonderful organization.
What is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)?
Diversity is the presence of differences that may include race or ethnic classification, culture, religion, philosophy, beliefs and values, political perspective, socioeconomic status, physical abilities, language, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, mental health, physical health, genetic abilities, personality, or behavior, to name the most common factors.
Equity is the promotion of justice and fairness of social policy involving the just equitable management of all institutions serving the public directly, through public or private administration, or by contract, and delivered impartially. Fairness is based upon understanding the root causes and is dependent on social and historic context.
Inclusion is the process of improving the ability, opportunity, and worthiness of all peoples, disadvantaged on the basis of their identity within their diverseness, to take part in any or all aspects of society. To feel a part of, and included in, to feel welcomed and valued. So that diverse individuals are able to participate while maintaining their own autonomy and individuality. To have the opportunity to participate fully in decision-making processes and development opportunities within society, an organization, or a group.