Engaging ways for you and your club to learn Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

I am Kaylynn the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator for District 6250. This role was developed late in 2020 and works with the District Membership Team with the responsibilities of:
  • Assisting clubs with education and action around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 
  • Being a catalyst for Rotary International’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives. 
  • Sharing Rotary International’s vision for inclusion and provide resources to clubs around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 
  • Engage clubs and members in DEI conversation and encourage clubs to have a member focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
  • Provide regular communication with the district membership chair. 
I, and several others across our district are working hard to compile the efforts already going on as well as sharing out Rotary Internationals resources. In this article you will find Video, Articles, Blogs, Email, and Training/Conferences resources for you or your club to learn from. There are many ways in which we can concern ourselves with equity and inclusion in Rotary. For me there are two places to start, educating myself and connecting with people who have stories to share.
Familiarize yourself with Rotary’s new diversity, equity and inclusion statement. To ensure that our organization values and lives the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), the RI Board of Directors, with guidance from the DEI Task Force, strengthened the organization’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement. Read the updated commitment and learn more about our efforts to ingrain diversity, equity, and inclusion into our culture to improve the membership experience for current and future Rotarians, Rotaractors, and the family of Rotary. 
Rotary’s DEI Webinar Series: spend an hour with DEI experts and Rotarians covering topics such as Planning for an Inclusive Future, Building a Welcoming Community, Exploring the Black Experience in Rotary and more!
Learn from Rotary, the Learning Center has courses 5-20 minutes long on:
  • Committing to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Building Strong Intergenerational Relationships
  • Design an Inclusive Plan for Your Organization
Rotary Voices is a blog that Rotarians around the world contribute to, sharing stories of personal journeys, lessoned learned and advice seeking.
Learn from other clubs like the Rotary Club of Lacrosse has a designated area on their website about their DEI efforts read more here. Invite speakers from community groups like LGBTQ+, Hmong, African American and American Indian Associations.
Participate in outside efforts like these:
  • The United Way 21 Week Equity Challenge: We are partnering with the United Way of the Chippewa Valley to share this opportunity with Chamber Investors. You can take this weekly challenge alone or as staff development. Sign up to receive content once a week that will explore topics pertaining to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Take up the challenge.
  • Toward One Wisconsin Conference: October 12-13, 2021 in person and virtual options, hosted in Eau Claire Wisconsin. This statewide, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion conference is an effort to share and learn about efforts in areas of Workforce, Health Equity, Arts & Culture and Education. Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges is the theme this year with amazing, inspirational and educational speakers and panels throughout the 2-day conference. Join us here.
Kaylynn Winegar (She, Her, Hers)
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer (DEIC)
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“We believe in diversity, because Rotary at its best united the world, and therefore must reflect every part of humanity. You cannot properly serve the world unless you can see and hear that word accurately. Diversity ensures that Rotary represents all voices and speaks in every language.”
– Barry Rasson, 2018-2019 Rotary International President