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Diversity & Equity

Diversity and equity are core values of Girl Scouts of Western Washington.

We invest in our community through Girl Scouts. Our community represents every race, ethnicity, income level, sexual orientation, ability, and religion; reflects a spectrum of gender identity; and connects across geographic locations. By focusing our attention on community members who are furthest from racial, economic, and social justice, Girl Scouts can be an instrument of change, promoting equitable outcomes for all. We wholly commit to taking anti-racist action to grow as an anti-racist and anti-oppressive organization so that, through Girl Scouts, our members are affirmed as they strive to make our community and world better.

Yet many youths in our region, especially those of color, LGBTQ+ youth, or those from low-income backgrounds, face barriers to success in school, living-wage careers, and long-term economic opportunity.

As an organization, we’re working to make our programs more accessible to Girl Scouts who haven’t historically been served by Girl Scouts. To make progress toward this goal we are:

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Changing Our Workplace Culture to Attract and Retain a Diverse Staff: We’re investing in continuing education for our staff and leadership on issues of cultural competency, structural racism, white privilege, and other topics related to equity. We aim to be a welcoming organization that values diversity and has staff and board members who are reflective of the communities we intend to serve.
 

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Creating Culturally-Responsive Opportunities for Girls: We’re working to create fun, flexible program opportunities that reflect the needs and voices of girls across diverse communities. We aim to be a reliable and trusted partner for community organizations across our region.  
 

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Learning from Past Success: For many years we’ve offered staff-led community outreach programs to girls who may face obstacles due to limited resources in their communities and other factors. As we grow efforts to serve diverse communities of girls, we intend to build on what we’ve learned through our continued work to intentionally create more accessible opportunities—both within staff-led troops and throughout our other Girl Scout programs.

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Participating in Regional Coalition Work: We’re members of School’s Out Washington’s Expanded Learning Coalition and the Youth Development Executives of King County. Our efforts help sustain high-quality, accessible youth development programs in our community.