We recognize that a diversity of voices is what makes us stronger. We also recognize our shortcomings in regards to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in our staff and vendors, our Board of Directors, and the annual conference. Representation matters. Language matters. Action matters.
We stand with our community and our friends in saying #BlackLivesMatter.
We stand with our community and our friends in saying #StopAsianHate.
And we know that hashtags are not enough.
Our mission is to help women build careers, develop professionally, and experience lives that are rewarding, healthy, and fulfilling. People who come together with a shared goal to uplift, support, and celebrate those working to better their communities, our world, and one another are welcome at the Indiana Conference for Women. We reject and condemn hatred, violence, and bigotry, particularly in our BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities that are facing truly awful experiences every day.
Our Commitment to You
The extraordinary events seen in recent months–namely, the shocking murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, among others; and the appalling mass shooting in Georgia on March 16, 2021–are horrific in their own right. Similar events that have not garnered as much media attention are equally atrocious. It is essential that we stand together to fight racism and white supremcy in all its forms.
The Indiana Conference for Women exists to serve our community, provide resources for professional development, and inspire generations of people to make a difference. As our co-founders Billie Dragoo-Garcia and Deborah Collins Stephens say of the Conference, "It's encouraging to see so many women from so many walks of life and so many different backgrounds come together to create change that's positive for communities, for children, and for education. It's really inspiring." Together, we are unlimited.
And so, we want to hear from you. If we aren't serving you, let us know. If we make a mistake, let us know. If we fall short, let us know. We are holding ourselves accountable and hope you will hold us to our promises to:
- Ensure equitable time for BIPOC voices on our stages both for the conference and for other programs throughout the year
- Engage representative BIPOC voices in long-term planning for the organization and for continued Equity, Diversity, Inclusion,
and Accessbility training for the staff, Board of Directors, and vendors
- Challenge the status quo of the organization to redefine our mission and address issues of discrimination and racism.
We anticipate this list of promises will continue to grow because we know it is our responsibility, as an historically white institution, to listen, engage, and take action against the systems of oppression, white fragility, and silence that have become commonplace. We invite you to join us in this mission and hold us accountable. To join the conversation, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.