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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion  (DEI) Committee

DEI Statement:

Respect is a core value at Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA).  Together, we can continue to build an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates the diverse voices of our participants, families, staff, volunteers and stakeholders.  Embracing diversity in age, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, ethnicity and perspective; empowers staff to serve unique needs in innovative ways.  At NWSRA, we believe that when people feel respected and included, they can be more creative, innovative and successful.  We are committed to working with participants, families, staff volunteers and stakeholders to continually learn, share and grow with us.

Listening is Important

As we continue to navigate through difficult times together, we recognize the importance of listening.  The contributions of unique perspectives always leads to an environment of increased understand.  As we increase understanding of each other, we ascend to a greater level of acceptance of each others’ differences.  Ultimately, this newfound level of acceptance will foster respect, embracing of diversity and promotion of inclusive practices.

Where we’ve Been

As a leaders in the field of Therapeutic Recreation, NWSRA recognized the importance of leading by example during tumultuous times.  In order to promote a more inclusive environment, NWSRA staff have:

  • Formed the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee to advance employees' knowledge of topics relating to diversity, equity and inclusion.  

  • Celebrated Black History Month through a variety of inclusive activities.

  • Engaged in a Safe Zone discussion about diversity and racism, as well as a Safe Zone discussion on concerns among the LGBTQ+ community.  These discussions enabled staff to listen and learn while sharing their own personal experiences in an open forum.

  • Partnered with Zurich North America to observe A Day of Togetherness on June 19, in recognition of Juneteenth (or Freedom Day), a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States.

  • Partnered with the Arlington Heights Memorial Library in celebration of Inclusion Awareness Month in October.​

Where we’re Headed

The IDEA Committee exists to provide educational resources to NWSRA employees, detailing the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.  It also exists as an outlet/ voice for our BIPOC/LGBTQA+ employee population.  Currently, the DEI Committee will support inclusion, embrace diversity, and promote equity through the following endeavors:

  1. Research of trending topics related to the advancement of diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.

  2. Monthly updates to staff through an organizational newsletter.  The newsletter will provide a wide range of educational and informational topics that will assist in the development leaders toward change.

  3. Provision of additional resources to staff that enable diverse, inclusive thought and practices.

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