Diversity Equity Inclusion Council Statement

The Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry is dedicated to actively and intentionally cultivating business workplaces to value diversity, equity, and inclusion. We vehemently condemn all forms of prejudice, injustice, hate, intolerance, and racism by actively seeking ways to dismantle systemic discrimination in pursuit of a more equitable business community and a more just society.

The Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry will challenge our Board of Directors, employees, members, and partners, as well as our city, county, state, and other civic leaders to enact positive change in our organization and the communities we serve.

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Diversity

= Who and What

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Equity

= Why

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Inclusion

= How we get there

The DEI Council and Chamber are focused on the work environment of members:

Workforce – Concerted effort to recruit qualified employees from traditionally underrepresented groups.

Workplace – Adopting policies and practices that include people who have historically been absent from an organization/business.

Marketplace – More deeply involve minority-owned enterprises in the regional economy and recognize the enormous purchasing power of minority groups.

DIVERSITY

Diversity is the presence of difference within a given setting , and differences may include race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, language, disability, age, religious commitment, or political perspective and populations that have been – and remain – underrepresented among practitioners in the field and marginalized in the broader society.

EQUITY

Equity is promoting justice, impartiality and fairness within the procedures, processes, and distribution of resources by institutions or systems. Tackling equity issues requires an understanding of the root causes of outcome disparities within our society.

Equity recognizes that we do not all start from the same place because advantages and barriers exist. It is a process that acknowledges uneven starting places and uneven paths and seeks to correct the imbalance. Diversity and inclusion are both outcomes. Equity is not. It refers to the process an organization engages in to ensure that people with marginalized identities have the opportunity to grow, contribute, and develop.

INCLUSION

Inclusion is an outcome to ensure those that are diverse actually feel welcomed and have a sense of belonging. Inclusion outcomes are met when you, your institution, and your program are truly inviting to all.

It is the degree to which diverse individuals are able to participate fully, at every level, in the decision-making processes and development opportunities within an organization or group.

Inclusion is not a natural consequence of diversity. You can have a diverse team of talent but that does not mean they feel welcomed or valued or are given opportunities to grow.

“Diversity is being asked to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.”

Verna Myers