The difference between equity and equality lies in the conscious reflection on the idea that different people may need different assistance or resources in order to achieve a balance among all people. Black River United Way recognizes these imbalances and seeks to eliminate them through the work that we do. We recognize that systems of injustice have historically placed undue burdens upon particular demographics of people, leaving them behind in the community. Black River United Way unequivocally denounces this discrimination, and any other discrimination along racial or ethnic lines, as such discimination harms the sustainability and health of our community. We seek to embrace the intersectionality of identity and end any historical, economics, and/or social inequalities that exist in our community.
In order to combat these issues, Black River United Way seeks to achieve a more equitable community through its initiatives. Equity is a core ideal at Black River United Way. In order to account for both transparency and accountability, Black River United Way will analyze its initiatives annually to ensure that they are available to everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or other demographic. Not only will this analysis ensure that access to these initiatives is equal to everyone, it will also ensure that Black River United Way gives additional assistance to those specific groups of people who have been marginalized in order to achieve a more equitable community and empower all citizens. By doing so, Black River United Way can create a more collaborative, sustainable, equitable, and empowering community for all.
Diversity & Inclusion Statement
Black River United Way recognizes the intersectionality of identity and seeks to embrace it. By creating a diverse and inclusive environment we can immerse ourselves in the beauty of life and the people of our community. Thus, Black River United Way seeks to engage the entire community in our work without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity and expression, disability, sexual orientation, veteran-status, familial status or socio-economic status. That commitment will be reflected in all aspects of United Way’s work-service delivery, staffing, and volunteer participation.
Meet Our JEDI Guru!
Alexandria Banning is a political science student at Coastal Carolina University. She is originally from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She is passionate about human rights, helping others, and anything law related! She first joined Black River United Way in May of 2021 with an internship through the Georgetown RISE program. She will continue her journey with Black River United Way through the Americorps VISTA program.
During her time working with Black River United Way she focuses on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion within the organization. She has created multiple diversity and equity trainings, annual equity reports, and works to both gauge and fulfill the diverse needs of the community. She is currently working on crafting a strategic plan that outlines Black River United Way’s commitment to upholding equity and celebrating diversity. She believes that equity should continuously be at the forefront of the community’s mind. “Education is the root of change. It only takes a spark to create a wildfire of change; be that spark!”