LWVMA is an organization fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in principle and in practice. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the organization’s current and future success in engaging all individuals, households, communities, and policy makers in creating a more perfect democracy. LWVMA is committed to providing training for its members focused on raising awareness, offering skills to utilize, sharing tools and resources to embody a more inclusive, welcoming, and diverse organization.
LWVUS Resources to support your League’s effort to educate yourself on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) – Many great DEI resources can be found on the national website. Below, we have provided direct links to each category and to a few items that we find particularly useful.
LWVUS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy
Definitions of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
DEI Continued Learning Materials, including Articles, Books and Audio materials
From LWVUS in July 2020 – Diversity Equity and Inclusion Modules
The purpose of these modules is to take a deeper look at the topics we’ve been having conversations and trainings around over the past year and provide resources and skills that League members can use.
If you have any questions about these modules or would like to share your DEI Success Stories please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEI Module 1: The Whys and What of DEI
The purpose of this module is to offer a deeper understanding of what we mean by Diversity Equity and Inclusion and how it is connected to the work we are doing.
DEI Module 2: Applying a DEI Lens to Our League Work
The purpose of this module is to offer a deeper understanding of what a DEI lens is and how we can apply it to our work.
DEI Module 3: DEI Commitment and Goal Setting
The purpose of this module is to offer a deeper understanding of how to commit to DEI on a deeper level, use it to engage with your community and your League and how to set goals with a DEI lens.
DEI Module 4: Understanding and Partnering With Your Community – Part 1
The purpose of this module is to offer a deeper understanding of how to collect information to understand the diversity of your community, membership, and engagers.
DEI Module 5: Understanding and Partnering With Your Community – Part 2
The purpose of this module is to offer a deeper understanding of how to be equitable and inclusive in how we work in our communities and lead our organization.
From LWVUS in December 2019 – Diversity Equity and Inclusion Guide
“In an effort to assist all members in embracing our commitment to DEI, we want to educate, enlighten, and provoke discussion around this topic. The LWVUS DEI Committee has created a guide to DEI materials we feel are most relevant to this goal. The guide consists of internal resources created by LWV members and staff and external sources recommended by the Committee. The guide can be viewed at https://www.lwv.org/league-management/diversity-equity-inclusion/diversity-equity-and-inclusion-guide. Additional resources and tools will be added as they are created or become available.” -LWVUS
- DEI Basics: Resources in this section provide a basic overview of what DEI is, what we mean by common DEI terms, and why DEI is so important to our League work.
- Individual Learning/Internal Evaluation: This section offers resources to assist with education and evaluation of DEI at an individual level.
- DEI Lens and League Work: Resources in this section are meant to provide tools and education on how Leagues can apply a DEI Lens to all of their League work and center DEI in that work .
- Beyond the Basics: This section offer supplemental resources for those who have reviewed and applied the other resources and are looking for ways to deepen their DEI education and be a strong voice for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Additional Resources from LWVMA – Below, we have provided direct links to 5 separate lists.
Audio/Video Resources on Basic Concepts, intended to increase general understanding of DEI among LWVMA Members
Books and Articles suitable for a book group or individual learning in three topic areas:
Please note: This is a “living document,” meaning we will be adding items as we become aware of them. If you have something to recommend, or you have questions or comments, please email us at: Diversitycommittee@lwvma.org Thank you!
LWVMA Statewide DEI Peer Discussion Group
Join your LWVMA colleagues across the state to learn more about what your local league can do to further its work on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Click here to learn more.