Since March 2020, EENC has been regularly convening a group of volunteers for a diversity, equity, and inclusion action team. This dedicated group of members, partners, and external stakeholders has helped us reflect on things like what dimensions of diversity EENC should report on as an organization with a commitment to this work and how to make our communications and events more inclusive.
One of the big projects they have helped us with is updating our justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion statement. After a month of careful deliberation, this team created a draft statement that was submitted to the board. The board reviewed the document, suggested edits and asked the action team clarifying questions. After a final review by the action team and approval by the board, EENC is proud to share our new statement.
You can find it posted on the "About EENC" page of our website. But it's more than just a public statement. This is part of our policy manual that guides the board and staff in all organizational operations. We are working toward this commitment being reflected in all our events, programs, communications, and partnerships.
We acknowledge we still have a lot of work to do. We are grateful to our action team who will continue to help us on projects through the end of the year. We are grateful for our partners who are making their own commitments. And we are grateful for our members and the educators in our EE community who are joining us on this journey.