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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

NWMAF is committed to principles of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, (DEI), for personal and professional development as individuals and for our organization as a whole.

We seek to encourage functional knowledge of our broadening community and its wide range of identities. We seek to support a healthy environment for all our members.

“Diversity” means a wide variety of differences among people in any setting, including race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual identity, disability, neurodiversity, and others. 

“Equity” provides equal opportunities through a personalized approach utilizing unequal distribution of resources to “level the playing field.” Applying equity includes factoring in disparities within society that affect individuals to varying levels. Imagine a family of four and a family of two getting the same amount of food served to them. The family of two may have an abundance or just the right amount while the family of four may be struggling.

“Inclusion” is the desired outcome. It means ensuring that the organization iis welcoming to all members, and particularly those who fall under the title of “diverse”.

DEI training encompasses a variety of environments, including but not limited to academia, corporate workplaces, schools, organizations, businesses, medical spaces, & broader institutions.

Equity and Inclusion is an ongoing process, and like a muscle, it needs continuous work and attention if you have certain fitness goals. We are empowering others to take charge of their own learning process. While we are looking into trainings, workshops, and deeper work for our organization, we also wanted to provide tools to help you along the way. 

We have compiled a list of books suggested by members of the Equity and Inclusion Committee, available to support you in learning more about Equity and Inclusion. If you don’t see a book or resource listed that you feel would add to this library, feel free to fill out the form and submit it for inclusion!

DEI Resources