DIVERSITY AND YOU:
HOW TO CREATE AN INCLUSIVE CLUB
EXPERIENCE FOR EVERYONE
Growing and diversifying our membership is a top priority for
Rotary to ensure that we more fully reflect the communities
We’re creating an organization that is more open and inclusive,
fair to all, builds goodwill, and benefits our communities.
To help achieve that goal and share it with members, the RI Board
of Directors approved a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)
statement. As a club or district leader, you play an important role
in promoting our effort and making it a priority.
Review and share the statement, below:
As a global network that strives to build a world where
people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary
values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people
of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race,
color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex,
sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Rotary will cultivate a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture
in which people from underrepresented groups have greater
opportunities to participate as members and leaders.
Diversity: Rotary welcomes people of all backgrounds, cultures,
experiences, and identities.
Equity: Rotary strives for the fair treatment, opportunity, and
advancement of all Rotary participants.
Inclusion: Rotary is working to create experiences where all
people feel welcomed, respected, and valued.
“In the context of Rotary membership, it is not enough to invite
people from diverse backgrounds to our meetings and events. We
need to include them in club planning and decision making, and
value their contributions.” — Katey Halliday, the Rotaract Club of
Adelaide City and the Rotary Club of Adelaide Light, South
Read more about the importance of diversity in posts by
Halliday and others on Rotary Voices.
MORE STEPS YOUR CLUB CAN TAKE:
Create a member diversity and inclusion action plan using
the Diversifying Your Club assessment.
Invite local diversity, equity, and inclusion experts and
professionals to speak at your club’s next gathering.
Connect with organizations that are supporting diversity,
equity, and inclusion efforts and work with them on local
projects or events.
Encourage and support people from underrepresented
groups to take leadership positions in your club and district.
When they do, the pool of candidates to become Rotary
senior leaders increases.
Encourage your club members to take the Building a
Diverse Club course in the Learning Center to identify
ways to be more diverse and inclusive.
Create an advisory board made up of diverse community
members to learn about key issues and find ways to work
together to take action. Invite the board members to your
club to experience Rotary.
Learn more about Rotary’s efforts to diversify its
membership and leadership.