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New DEI Logo March 31 2022

Our Commitment to Diversity

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.  It is a fundamental value of the organization and belongs alongside our hallmark of nonpartisanship.

At the LWVUS biennium convention 2020 in June, hundreds of League delegates from across the nation voted to enhance our organization's commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion by moving it from a resolution to a policy.  This change was very significant.  Prior to this change the only policy that the national League enforced at a governance level was our nonpartisan policy.  Now, our commitment to DEI is on par with our commitment to nonpartisanship.  

"We, as an organization acknowledge our own difficult history with racism while we embrace our future, where DEI will become part of our DNA."

--Deborah Turner, from her address at the 2020 National Convention



 




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Care Package
Poems, meditations, films, and other cultural nutrients for times like this.
Care Package, the Asian Pacific American Center's online exhibition curated with love in difficult times. This exhibition includes short films, poems, music, and meditations.


May is Asian Pacific Islander and Native Hawaiian Heritage Month

 

This month we celebrate the culture, traditions and history of Americans whose families originate from across Asia and the Pacific Island Countries in the Melanesian, Micronesian and Polynesian regions.

Asian Americans include U.S. citizens whose origins are from China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Mongolia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia, as well as Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders from Samoa, Fiji, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. According to the Pew Research Center, Asian Americans were the fastest growing population in the U.S. between 2000 and 2019.

Learn more about the story of Asian Pacific American Heritage.

DEI Events Around Town & Beyond

Ever dreamed of being a native Hawaiian? Check out the National Archives – Historic Census Philippines, and Pacific Islands- Virtual Event May 25th, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.

The U.S. Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Parks Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.

Closer to home:  Check out Lee County Libraries. The library has a large collection of fiction and non-fiction by Asian and Pacific American authors highlighting the American-born or immigrant experience and celebrating literary and cultural contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. How to get started? Lee County librarians has put together a  recommended resource list.

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