Equity, Inclusion and Diversity


Statement of Principle

The United Way of Norman envisions a community working together to ensure that all people are afforded an opportunity to flourish and thrive. We engage in intentional actions focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of the organization, looking inward for accountability and outward to drive change and strengthen partnerships. We do this by:

  • Developing a diverse, equity-minded board, workforce, and organizational culture, including our communications;
  • Seeing to better understand and improve the way data is collected and analyzed to better address needs and communicate services available in a way that is reflective and inclusive of our communities' diversity;
  • Addressing barriers that uphold inequities by creating pathways to opportunity and hope;
  • Investing in organizations that equitably serve diverse populations and needs.

As a community leader, the United Way of Norman accepts responsibility for and makes a commitment to creating and supporting inclusive communities. Many of the factors that stand in the way are clear: unconscious bias; structural racism; dehumanization based on race and culture; discrimination based on race, ethnicity, age, disabilities, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. These factors contribute to ongoing disparities and inequities.

Within our region and unique history, laws, systems, policies, practices, and even violence have marginalized entire populations, most notably Black and Indigenous Peoples and People of Color. We denounce racism and discrimination, actions that undermine the well-being, vitality, and economic prosperity of our community.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Equal employment opportunity is pledged to all applicants and employees. It is our policy to recruit, hire, train and promote individuals, as well as administer any and all personnel actions, without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, carceral history, military or veteran status, or status as a qualified disabled individual, in accordance with applicable laws. 

Volunteer Diversity Policy

It is the policy of the United Way of Norman to actively seek volunteers who broadly reflect the diverse nature of our community in terms of race, color, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, military or veteran status, or status as a qualified disabled individual, as such diversity may exist and evolve from time to time.

Community Investment Inclusion Position

The United Way of Norman seeks and supports agency partners that are inclusive in all aspects of their operation - from the clients they serve, to the volunteers they recruit, and the individuals they employ. For agencies not working to achieve this level of inclusion, the United Way of Norman will consider scaling down its support and investment in the agency.