What is DI doing to promote Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging within the organization?
Thank you for this question. Destination Imagination is committed to anti-racism and to creating a safe, inclusive environment for our youth participants to learn, grow, and have their voices heard. We are aware that there are many areas in the US and around the world where our organization is not a diverse one. We also know that meaningful, long-lasting change requires looking inward in order to identify, understand, and actively remove barriers that exist for certain groups of young people in our society.
We do have some initiatives in place to keep the DI experience accessible and equitable, including translating our materials into eight languages and providing financial aid opportunities for our teams. As we transition to an increasingly virtual world, we are seeking out support to provide technology and internet access to future virtual teams.
However, we also know that our organization needs to do more to ensure that our program is available and accessible to people, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, ability or disability, socioeconomic status, or other status. We are taking this time to examine our current practices and evaluate ways to improve. As we form more concrete action steps, that information will be shared with the DI community. Until then, we welcome all questions, comments, and suggestions about how we can build a better DI together.
You can learn more about DI's efforts in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging on this page.