Nonpartisan Policy League of Women Voters La Crosse Area
Party Affiliation: Party affiliated Board members should carry out the responsibilities of every voter in exercising the franchise, including the responsibility to become informed about candidates. League Positions: Once the League (local, state, or national) through member study and agreement takes a position on an issue or public policy, members may not identify themselves as League members in publicly expressing an opinion that is in opposition to a League position. Petitions: Only Board approved petitions may be circulated at membership meetings and events. The decision whether to sign a petition should be left up to individual Board members. Social and Other Media: Board members shall not indicate her/his political affiliations/candidate preferences at any government level in the media, including on social networking sites or public venues that identify them as a League Board member. Membership Roster: The League's membership roster is not to be made available for non League use without Board consent. Partnerships: Collaborations with organizations should be carefully considered and vetted to preserve the League's nonpartisanship. If a coalition concentrates on supporting and/or opposing candidates, the League will not participate.
Partisan political activities of a partner or relative of a Board member are considered as separate and distinct from activities of the Board member. Where a Board member's activity affects the League's credibility as an effective nonpartisan political organization in the community, Board members shall present questions about specific situations to the LWV La Crosse Board and apply the foregoing policies or review them if they do not resolve the question.
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This policy shall be reviewed and readopted by the LWV La Crosse Board at the beginning of each new program year.
Approved January 2, 2018 the League of Women Voters La Crosse Area.
LWV LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS® OF THE LA CROSSE AREA
Adopted 1/2/2018, Readopted 8/6/19
LWVLA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy
LWV is an organization fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in principle and in practice. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the organization's current and future success in engaging all individuals, households, communities, and policy makers in creating a more perfect democracy.
There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, gender identity, ethnicity, race, native or indigenous origin, age, generation, sexual orientation, culture, religion, belief system, marital status, parental status, socioeconomic status, language, accent, ability status, mental health, educational level or background, geography, nationality, work style, work experience, job role function, thinking style, personality type, physical appearance, political perspective or affiliation and/or any other characteristic that can be identified as recognizing or illustrating diversity.
What does Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion mean?
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are mutually reinforcing. Increased inclusion is associated with increased equity; the majority of organizations with higher inclusion and equity also have greater demographic diversity.
DIVERSITY Diversity includes all of the similarities and differences among people, not limited to: gender, gender identity, ethnicity, race, native or indigenous origin, age, generation, sexual orientation, culture, religion, belief system, marital status, parental status, socioeconomic status, appearance, language, accent, ability status, mental health, education, geography, nationality, work style, work experience, job role function, thinking style, personality type, physical appearance, and political perspective or affiliation.
Diversity refers to population groups that have been historically underrepresented in socially, politically, or economically powerful institutions and organizations. These groups include but are not restricted to populations of color, such as African Americans and Blacks, Latinx, Native Americans and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. They may also include lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations, people with disabilities, women, and other groups.
A team can be diverse and so can an organization. A person is not diverse, Diversity is about a collective or a group and can only exist in relationship to others. A candidate is not diverse-they are a unique, individual unit. They may bring diversity to your team, but they in themselves are not diverse. They are a woman; they are a person of color; they are part of the LGBTQ community.
We commit to increase diversity in the recruitment, retention, and retainment at the national, state, and local level, and in the leadership and executive roles.
Equity is an approach based in fairness to ensuring everyone is given equal opportunity; this means that resources may be divided and shared unequally to make sure that each person has a fair chance to succeed. Equity takes into account that people have different access to resources because of system of oppression and privilege. Equity seeks to balance that disparity.
Improving equity involves increasing justice and fairness within the procedures and processes of institutions or systems, as well as in their distribution of resources, including professional growth opportunities. Tackling equity issues requires an understanding of the root causes of outcome disparities within our society.
Equity prioritizes efforts to ensure the most underserved and marginalized among us has as much of an opportunity to succeed as the most well-served and advantaged. By taking into account the various advantages and disadvantages that people face, we work to ensure every person has an equal opportunity to succeed.
We commit to prioritizing equity in the work of the LWV staff, board, and members.
Inclusion is an ongoing process, not a static state of being.
Inclusion is the dynamic state of operating in which diversity is leveraged to create a healthy, high-performing organization and community.
Inclusion refers to the degree to which diverse individuals are able to participate fully in the decision-making processes within an organization or group.
An inclusive environment ensures equitable access to resources and opportunities for all. It also enables individuals and groups to feel safe, respected, engaged, motivated, and valued for who they are and for their contributions toward organizational and societal goals.
While an inclusive group is by definition diverse, a diverse group is not always inclusive. Being aware of unconscious or implicit bias can help organizations better address issues of inclusivity.
We commit to making deliberate efforts to ensure LWV is a place where differences are welcomed, different perspectives are respectfully heard, and every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion. We know that by creating a vibrant climate of inclusiveness, we can more effectively leverage our resources to advance our collective capabilities.
We commit to working actively to challenge and respond to bias, harassment, and discrimination.
Adopted by LWV La Crosse Area
August 6, 2019