Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement
The Danville-Boyle County Economic Development Partnership (EDP) values diversity, equity, and inclusion as we pursue economic growth, job creation, business competitiveness, and workforce development. Since the earliest days of the Kentucky frontier, the community of Danville and Boyle County claims a rich heritage through its character of welcoming all people, its catalyst of opportunity for anyone to succeed, and its commitment to the rule of law and social justice. Therefore, we value diversity, equity, and inclusion as “Historically Bold” strengths both in our organization and in the community we serve. We will promote these values among our Partners, our board, and our staff as well as in our policies and practices. We will demonstrate these values through our work and relationships with individuals, groups, and businesses both locally and globally.
Definitions (Sourced and adapted from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Racial Equity Resource Guide Glossary, www.racialequityresourceguide.org/about/glossary)
- DIVERSITY: The wide range of national, ethnic, racial and other backgrounds of U.S. residents and immigrants as social groupings, co-existing in American culture. The term is often used to include aspects of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class and much more.
- EQUITY: Equity is the condition that would be achieved if one's identity no longer predicted, in a statistical sense, how one fares. When we use the term, we are thinking about equity as one part of justice, and thus we also include work to address root causes of inequities, not just their manifestation. This includes elimination of policies, practices, attitudes and cultural messages that reinforce differential outcomes or fail to eliminate them.
- INCLUSION: Inclusion authentically brings traditionally excluded individuals and/or groups into processes, activities and decision/policy making.
- SOCIAL JUSTICE: Social justice includes a vision of society in which the distribution of resources is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure. Social justice involves social actors who have a sense of their own agency as well as a sense of social responsibility toward and with others and the society as a whole.