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