Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
The Schuylkill River Greenways’ Justice, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (JEDI) Committee present the below mission and vision statement. The members of the JEDI Committee have put a lot of time, consideration and thought into the following statements. The mission guides the committee’s purpose and work. The vision is the ultimate goal of the committee, however much time it will require.
JEDI MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the JEDI Committee is to advise the Schuylkill River Greenway Association on incorporating principles of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion into its practices, policies, programs, and goals to create a safe, welcoming space for all people, to achieve a broad and truly diverse stewardship of the National Heritage Area, River and Trail.
JEDI VISION STATEMENT
- JUSTICE – Every individual feels respected, comfortable, and safe to use and enjoy the resources of the National Heritage Area, River and Trail. Intentional and non-intentional discrimination of all forms are eliminated so ALL people can experience the benefits of SRG programming and are fairly given the opportunity to have their voices heard and impact decision making.
- EQUITY – Every individual has an experience of fair treatment, access, and opportunity within or along the National Heritage Area, River and Trail; regardless of a person’s race/ethnicity, gender, physical and mental abilities, or any other characteristic. Barriers that prevent some groups of people from true inclusive access and benefits such as systematic racism and disparities are removed.
- DIVERSITY – The National Heritage Area, River and Trail truly represents diversity when it comes to the characteristics of people, ideas, perspectives, and values. Diverse characteristics of people include race, ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, religion, physical and mental abilities, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, and physical appearance.
- INCLUSION – All individuals can fully participate in SRG programming and enjoy resources within and along the National Heritage Area, Trail and River through environments created to be safe, welcoming, and supportive. The different characteristics of people are embraced and respected, instead of excluded.
Sarah Crothers Bach, Schuylkill River Greenways
Daniel Price, Mosaic Community Land Trust
Dominike Merle-Johnson, Montgomery County Community College
Dodson Dietrich, Schuylkill River Greenways Board Member
Manly Parks, Schuylkill River Greenways Board Member
Hannah Davis, Pottstown NAACP
Edie Shean-Hammond, Centro Cultural Latinos Unidos (CCLU)
Howard Brown, Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation
Mercedez Jackson, YWCA Tri-County Area
Rita Paez, Centro Cultural Latinos Unidos (CCLU)
Wendi Wheeler, Justi Group
Dialogue is the first step toward changes of diversity, equity and inclusion. The Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area is taking this step forward. We want the communities we serve to know we’re here to listen, learn and understand. The core values written in our strategic plan matter now more than ever.Read Full Equity & Inclusion Statement