Girl Scouts of Western Washington is consistently and unapologetically committed to providing girls and gender-expansive youth a place to belong and the opportunity to create change to make the world a better place.
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 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.
We begin by acknowledging the region we inhabit today as the traditional home of the Coast Salish people. We express gratitude to the original caretakers of this land who are still here and working to steward the land, plants, animals, and other resources that are not only vital to Coast Salish wellbeing, but to the wellbeing of our entire region.
We recognize the catastrophic impacts of colonialism and racism of broken treaties and genocide that continue today. In our commitment to equity, Girl Scouts of Western Washington is working to address and eliminate racism and racial inequality in all its forms including educating and supporting future leaders who will work to help make this region more equitable and sustainable.
To put our mission into action, we’ve adopted the following priorities as a guide for the work we do with members and employees.
Ensuring that our vision and values are integrated into everything we do across the organization and applying an equity lens to all decision-making, programming, and practices.
Educating to build the cultural competence of Girl Scouts, volunteers, board members, donors, and employees.
Recruiting and retaining members, volunteers, board members, donors, and employees who reflect the diversity of Western Washington.
Establishing a culture of accessibility and inclusion throughout the organization.
Holding ourselves accountable to these priorities by regularly tracking data from a variety of sources.
Finding ways to remove barriers to access and inclusion.
… In Western WA, girls from communities furthest from racial, economic, and social justice have barriers to access the opportunities to engage and thrive in Girl Scouts programming that builds courage, confidence and character to lead and be instruments of change and promotes equitable outcomes for all.
… build a community that represents every race, ethnicity, income level, sexual orientation, ability, and religion; reflects a spectrum of gender identity; and connects across geographic locations. We will take sustained action to grow as an anti-racist and antioppressive organization so that, through Girl Scouts, our members are affirmed as they strive to make our communities and world better.
…building the cultural humility and cultural competence (awareness, knowledge, skills, action/advocacy) of our Girl Scouts, volunteers, board members, donors, and employees, providing inclusive, meaningful, and relevant experiences to all members, applying an equity lens to policies, practices, procedures, and programs, and being an active force against racism and all oppression.