The DEIA committee will help to develop, refine, and monitor an implementation plan to advance the four strategic directions identified in the 2022-23 4-H DEIA Strategic Plan.
- Ensure that our 4-H priorities align with the inclusion and access needs within our communities.
- Be transparent about our commitment to DEIA through our marketing, programs, resources, and opportunities.
- Work with our youth, trusted adults, families, volunteers, and staff to create accountable and inclusive spaces.
- Intentionally engage with community members who have not historically benefited from 4-H programs and resources while simultaneously examining any biases as we work with underserved communities.
- Meet bi-monthly and serve in a two-year term
- Become familiar with the 2023 4-H DEIA strategic plan and use it as an anchor point for discussion around implementation strategies
- Support and contribute to DEIA implementation plans
- Identify action steps needed to advance the 4-H DEIA strategic directions
- Identify data and processes needed to monitor the implementation of identified action steps
- Seek feedback as needed to inform refinements to the implementation plan
- Provide regular updates and recommendations to the IL 4-H Director on resources and administration actions, proposed timeframes, task assignments, and resources needed to advance the 4-H DEIA strategic directions
- Provide updates/communications to the organization and stakeholders with progress on the implementation plan
The mission of the 4-H DEIA Committee is to foster a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible environment within our 4-H community. We are dedicated to advancing the principles of social justice, equity, and cultural competence to ensure that all youth and volunteers, regardless of their background or abilities, have the opportunity to thrive, learn, and grow through their participation in 4-H programs.
Our committee's objectives are:
Diversity: To actively promote and celebrate diversity by recognizing and valuing the unique backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives of our members, ensuring that 4-H is accessible and welcoming to all.
Equity: To identify and address systemic barriers that may limit the participation and opportunities of underrepresented individuals and communities within 4-H, striving for fairness and justice in all aspects of our programs.
Inclusion: To create a culture of inclusivity where every member feels a sense of belonging and is encouraged to actively participate and contribute, fostering a supportive and respectful community.
Accessibility: To remove physical, digital, and attitudinal barriers that may hinder the involvement of individuals with disabilities, ensuring that our programs and resources are accessible to all.
Education and Advocacy: To provide ongoing education and training for 4-H members, volunteers, and stakeholders on DEIA topics, promoting awareness and understanding. Additionally, to advocate for DEIA principles within our 4-H organization and the broader community.
Collaboration: To collaborate with other 4-H committees, community organizations, and partners to further our DEIA goals and initiatives.
Through our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, we aim to empower every young person in 4-H to reach their full potential, develop leadership skills, and contribute positively to their communities. Together, we will build a stronger, more inclusive 4-H program that reflects the rich tapestry of our society."
Roxana E. Cejeda, M. Ed | 4-H Youth Readiness and New Audiences Outreach Associate
217-300-1921 | firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Illinois Extension, State 4-H
801 N. Country Fair Drive, Champaign IL 61820