Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Statement

United Way of Southwest Alabama / Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Statement

UWSWA DEI Statement

United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) recognizes and appreciates the unique contributions of diverse individuals and organizations in all aspects of our work. We know that by bringing diverse individuals and viewpoints together and by centering the needs of community members, we can collectively and more effectively support opportunities for a better life for all.

The United Way of Southwest Alabama recognizes and acknowledges the centrality of racism, enslavement, and exploitation to our regional history. We fully acknowledge the detrimental effects of all types of discrimination including that related to race, ethnicity, color, religion, creed, age, sex, national origin or ancestry, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and status as a qualified disabled or handicapped individual. We publicly and wholeheartedly denounce all notions of supremacy and will constantly seek unity in every area of the organization.

UWSWA takes the broadest possible view of diversity, going beyond visible differences, to affirm the spirit of all individuals, including the realities, background, experiences, skills, and perspectives that make each person who they are. Engaging the power of diverse talent and partners results in innovative solutions necessary to address complex issues. We understand that these practices will not happen organically, so we will make every effort to be intentional, relentless, and steadfast in assuring that we are equitable and inclusive in our staff, board and community decision making. We acknowledge that embodying this stance requires a willingness to listen with humility, to reflect with courage, and to abandon some traditional ways of knowing, relating, and organizing that impact people negatively.

Diversity and inclusion are at the core of what it means to LIVE UNITED.

*Updated April 2021

UWSWA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Jill Chenoweth
President & CEO
United Way of Southwest Alabama

Audra Harper
Operations Administrator
Harper Technologies, LLC

Barbara Johnson
Drug Education Council

Diane J. McCaskey
Executive Director
Family Promise of Coastal Alabama

Katherine Pitman
Outreach & Community Engagement Coordinator
United Way of Southwest Alabama

Tonie Ann Torrans
Executive Director
Penelope House, Inc.

Trista Stout-Walker
Vice President of Community Impact
United Way of Southwest Alabama