DEI Activity Calendar… AAUW-WA has a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee which meets on Zoom monthly, except in the Summer. You are most welcome to attend! The next meeting will be Sept. 11, 6:30 pm on Zoom. Please email email@example.com for the Zoom invitation.
[coming soon…] Reading List developed by AAUW WA State DEI committee…
Click here for more about Land acknowledgments — statements being spoken at the beginning of meetings and events, both online and in person. They are verbal tributes to the indigenous people who lived in the land where the meeting is held, prior to contact with Europeans. However, the issue is much more complicated than a single statement. Actions range from a sentence or two mentioning the tribe’s name, to invitations to indigenous speakers to speak about the issues surrounding land acknowledgments. This can be a first step to creating awareness of what can be changed.
Is this enough? No, it is just a first step to create awareness in our branches. We need to be informed and educated, but the key word here is ACTION. What will we do with this knowledge? If the first step is educating AAUW-WA branch members about local Indian tribes and women’s issues within them, what action will follow to make AAUW a truly inclusive women’s organization? These dynamic next steps are essential toward allyship and inclusion and this is where AAUW is providing powerful tools for branches (CLICK TO SEE TOOLS OFFERED AT THE NATIONAL AAUW WEBSITE…)
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“Nothing About Us Without Us” is an old slogan denoting respect and inclusion when seeking allyship and supporting others. As author and change catalyst Vernā Myers said: “Diversity is being invited to the party, and inclusion is being asked to dance.” “Belonging is choosing the music” was added at a recent AAUW National DEI meeting.