DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

Our program is dedicated and committed to establishing strategies intended to promote a culturally diverse environment inclusive of ALL people who embrace our mission.

“Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.” – Vernā Myers

Dear CASA Community:

Our program is dedicated and committed to establishing tangible strategies intended to promote a culturally diverse environment inclusive of ALL people who embrace our mission. Promoting, hiring and recruiting for diversity initiatives is just the first step as we embrace our differences for a well-rounded mission based organization.   In simple terms, it all goes hand-in-hand and in order for our practices to be successful we much facilitate and education an inclusive work culture.

Diversity is the measurement of having difference in identity; things like gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, ability, or religion.  Inclusion is the respect for and the appreciation of our differences, or simply said – deliberate acts of welcoming and valuing diversity. CASA Kane County serves 100% of ALL children; we recruit caring, committed staff and CASA/GAL volunteers to our Board of Directors that together with diverse experiences, talents and attitudes bring together best practices and the right things through all lenses.

What is Culture, Diversity and Inclusion?

  • Culture…the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization.
  • Diversity… an instance of being composed of differing elements or qualities.
  • Inclusion… involvement and empowerment, where the inherent worth and dignity of all people are recognized.

We now invite you to watch the two videos below on a summarized interpretation of inclusion and diversity for greater learning and education.

Warm Regards,

Gloria L. Kelley
Executive Director

Inclusion Starts With I
Published by: Accenture
3:27 Minutes

Improving Your Diversity IQ
Published by: TEDxSyracuseUniversity
Speaker: Doug Melville
9:50 Minutes

The following questions are asked of us by National CASA:
  • Is our training offered at a good time for people to easily attend?  Yes
  • Do we have strategies in placed to accommodate our volunteers and staff when there are language limitations?  Yes
  • Do we present in minority organizations? Yes
  • Do we make personal calls to leaders in the minority communities? Yes
  • Is our office warm and friendly that invites all cultures?  Yes
  • Does our printed material reflect various cultures?  Yes
  • Do we collect data on gender, ethnicity and age of the children?  Yes
  • Do we provide financial reimbursement for volunteer expenses and mileage? Yes
  • Does our gender, age and ethnic composition of our staff, volunteers and leadership meet the demographics of our community? Yes