Thoughts From The President For April 2021
In the future we will be hearing more about the need for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) within our Rotary Clubs, Rotary Districts and Rotary International. Might not the need for DEI be motivated by a swapping of the “I” with “E” in the acronym?
The following is the RI statement regarding DEI:
"A top priority for Rotary is growing and diversifying our membership to make sure we reflect the communities we serve and are inclusive of all cultures, experiences, and identities.
We're creating an organization that is more open and inclusive, fair to all, builds goodwill, and benefits our communities.
To help us achieve our goal, the RI Board of Directors passed a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statement:
As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Rotary will cultivate a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in which people from underrepresented groups have greater opportunities to participate as members and leaders.
Making diversity, equity, and inclusion a priority is everyone's responsibility — from Rotary members to staff at the Secretariat."
If a member wishes to learn more about DEI consider enrolling in the Building A Diverse Club course at the Rotary Learning Center: