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 that Girl Scouts of Western Washington’s many offices and properties in the Western Washington region occupy the ancestral lands of many indigenous communities.
Though displaced, these people are the past, present, and future caretakers of this land. To say this is to acknowledge a debt to those who were here before us and to recognize our role as colonizers and our responsibility to respect and honor the intimate relationship Indigenous peoples have to this land.
This acknowledgment is a small step toward reconciliation and improved relations with the tribal communities in our region. It’s done to remind us of the history that has shaped our present and will continue to shape our future. It also reminds us to be intentional in our relationship with the land and with the people indigenous to this region. Our council’s work needs to be informed by that history in order to best serve our communities and realize our commitment to be an anti-racist organization.
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.