Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Rotary
“A top priority for Rotary is growing and diversifying our membership to make sure we reflect the communities we serve. We’re creating an organization that is more open and inclusive, fair to all, builds goodwill, and benefits our communities. We want people with differing perspectives and ideas who will help Rotary take action to create lasting change in communities around the world.”
Rotary’s DEI Statement, which was approved in 2021 and adopted by the D5080 leadership in 2021 states:
“We believe that exemplifying and embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) should be a part of everything we do at Rotary.
At Rotary, we understand that cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture is essential to realizing our vision of a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change.
We value diversity and celebrate the contributions of people of all backgrounds, across age, ethnicity, race, color, disability, learning style, religion, faith, socioeconomic status, culture, marital status, languages spoken, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity as well as differences in ideas, thoughts, values, and beliefs.
Recognizing that individuals from certain groups have historically experienced barriers to membership, participation, and leadership, we commit to advancing equity in all aspects of Rotary, including in our community partnerships, so that each person has the necessary access to resources, opportunities, networks, and support to thrive.
We believe that all people hold visible and invisible qualities that inherently make them unique, and we strive to create an inclusive culture where each person knows they are valued and belong.
In line with our value of integrity, we are committed to being honest and transparent about where we are in our DEI journey as an organization, and to continuing to learn and do better.”
Diversity: Rotary welcomes people of all backgrounds, cultures, experiences and identities.
Equity: Rotary strives for fair treatment, opportunity and advancement of all Rotary participants.
Inclusion: Rotary is working to create experiences where all people feel welcomed, respected and valued.
For more information about DEI, please contact Committee Co-chairs, Sheila Hart,