Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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What Is DEI

The League of Women Voters of Hilton Head Island and the Bluffton Area (LWVHHI-BA) embraces and seeks to embody diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as inextricable from our mission to empower voters and defend democracy. Therefore, we have made a commitment to engage in purposeful action to advance DEI beyond words. An example of purposeful action is to engage in building relationships with individuals and other organizations that have the same vision of our democratic society so that we can work together to bring that vision to reality at a quicker pace than has been the case in our nation and certainly in our state.

Gender & Sexual Identity: Understanding, Education, and Advocacy - Video of Panel Discussion

Watch the DEI Training Slideshow


Defining Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are mutually reinforcing. Increased inclusion is associated with increased equity; the majority of organizations with higher inclusion and equity also have greater demographic diversity. 


Diversity PuzzleDiversity includes all of the similarities and differences among people, not limited to gender, gender identity, ethnicity, race, native or indigenous origin, age, generation, sexual orientation, culture, religion, belief system, marital status, parental status, socioeconomic status, appearance, language, accent, ability status, mental health, education, geography, nationality, work style, work experience, job role function, thinking style, personality type, physical appearance, and political perspective or affiliation. 

Equality vs EquityEquity is an approach based in fairness to ensuring everyone is given equal opportunity; this means that resources may be divided and shared unequally to make sure that each person has a fair chance to succeed. Equity takes into account that people have different access to resources because of system of oppression and privilege. Equity seeks to balance that disparity.
(Image courtesy of Interaction Institute for Social Change | Artist: Angus Maguire)

Inclusion ImageInclusion is an ongoing process, not a static state of being. Inclusion is the dynamic state of operating in which diversity is leveraged to create a healthy, high-performing organization and community. Inclusion refers to the degree to which diverse individuals are able to participate fully in the decision-making processes within an organization or group.

An inclusive environment ensures equitable access to resources and opportunities for all. It also enables individuals and groups to feel safe, respected, engaged, motivated and valued for who they are and for their contributions toward organizational and societal goals. 

DEI Lens

A DEI lens is a way of examining a program, a process, a product, etc with regards to how it is perceived by a variety of communities, voices, and perspectives, and what, if any, barriers may exist that is preventing it from being equitable or inclusive of everyone.

  • Who is involved in the process?
  • Who will be impacted?
  • What are the intended and unintended outcomes?
  • Does this align with our vision for an equitable and inclusive organization?
  • What changes could be made to make this more equitable?   

DEI Focuses On

  • The Individual – analyzing our individual biases and diverse dimensions.
  • The Organization – examines ways in which the League can represent our community through the course of equitable and inclusive participation with collective leadership opportunities.
  • The Community – analyzes the way in which our League is helpful to our partners in uplifting underrepresented voices and acknowledging the value in democracy.

Our DEI Partners

Lowcountry Immigration Coalition
LWV of Beaufort
Campbell Chapel AME Church
Delta Sigma Theta
Hilton Head MLK Committee for Justice

DEI Resources