Inclusion, Diversity and Equity



Authentically bringing traditionally excluded individuals and/or groups into processes, activities and decision/policy-making in a way that shares power.


Each individual is unique, and groups of individuals reflect multiple dimensions of differnce including race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, and cognitive styles.


Equity is the intentional inclusion of everyone in society. Equityis achieved when systemic, institutional, and historical barriers based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and other identities are dismantled and no longer predict socioeconomic, education, and health outcomes.


United Way's Equity Vision

We recognize structural racism and other forms of oppression have contributed to persistent disparities which United Way seeks to dismantle. Our United Way network strives to engage community members, especially those whose voices have traditionally been marginalized. We work with residents and public and private partners to co-create solutions that ensures everyone has the resources, support, opportunities, and networks they need to thrive. We commit to leveraging all of our assets (convening, strategic investments, awareness building, advocacy) to create more equitable communities.


Heart of Missouri United Way Principles of Community

The Heart of Missouri United Way is a company of diverse individuals possessing a variety of perspectives, identities, and lived experiences. We recognize that to create an inclusive and intellectually vibrant community, we must understand and value both our individual differences and collective similarities. The Principles of Community are aspirational statements that embody this commitment and reflect the ideals we seek to uphold. Therefore, we adopt and practice the following principles as fundamental to our ongoing efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members:

We affirm the inherent dignity and value of every person and strive to maintain a climate for work and learning based on mutual respect and understanding.

We affirm the right of each person to express thoughts and opinins freely. We encourage open expression within a climate of civility, sensitivity, and mutual respect.

We affirm the value of human diversity because it enriches our lives and our organizations. We acknoledge and respect our differences while affirming our common humanity.

We reject all forms of prejudice and discrimination including those based on age, color, diversse ability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation , race, religion, sexual orientation and veteran status. We take individual and collective responsibility for helping to eliminate bias, and discrimination and for the increasing our own understanding of these issues through education, training, and interaction with others.

We pledge our collective commitment to incorporate these principles into Heart of Missouri United Way's mission and strategic plan.