Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Junior League of Raleigh 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is part of our mission statement:

The Junior League of Raleigh welcomes all women who value our mission. We are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations and communities.

JLR’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee:

The Junior League of Raleigh has made the commitment to diversity and inclusion as a strategic priority in the League. In order to act on this commitment, the Junior League of Raleigh, will embark on a multi-annual process to embed DE&I through their League. This group is tasked with ensuring that diversity, equity and inclusion becomes an integral part of the Junior League of Raleigh.

The Diversity & Inclusion Task Force, made up of JLR members, began in the 2018-2019 League year. In October of 2020, Members passed a vote to add the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee as a standing committee.

Goals & Accomplishments include:

  • Incorporated the commitment statement into bylaws, strategic plan, and policies & procedures.
  • Establish cultural competency training and bias education training, which is ongoing.
  • Regularly assess internal and external marketing and communications materials to ensure they are culturally competent and use inclusive language.
  • The League’s environment will enable all Members to thrive and master the skills required to lead effectively and with compassion.
  • Work to understand demographics of the community to mirror the League’s membership.
  • Ensure a critical mass of leaders demonstrate cultural competence and mastery of diverse, equitable and inclusive leadership skills.
  • Evaluate opportunities to join conversations around diversity, equity and inclusion in the community and expose membership to these opportunities.

The JLR also has a Women of Color Affinity group:

Our affinity groups create an opportunity for historically underrepresented women of the Junior League to connect and enhance their member experience. Our Affinity Groups strive to empower women by offering member support and leadership opportunities. The activities of these groups enhance ongoing efforts within the JLR to develop the potential of a diverse group of women leaders in our communities.