Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

United Way of Northeast Kentucky (UWNEK) fights for the Financial Stability, Health and Education of every Kentuckian in Boyd, Greenup, Lawrence, Carter & Elliott Counties. UWNEK works to engage community members, including those whose voices have traditionally been marginalized, to co-create solutions that ensure every Kentuckian in the 5-county coverage area has the resources, support, opportunities, and networks they need to thrive.

Yet, for too many individuals and families, access to a better life remains elusive.  To achieve our vision, we must understand and address the underlying factors that impede progress.  UWNEK recognizes that structural racism and other forms of discrimination contribute to persistent disparities.  By challenging practices based on racism, sexism, and other historical and current forms of discrimination, UWNEK can create more inclusive communities and equitable outcomes.

Therefore:

  • We commit to ongoing learning, communication and dialogue to deepen our progress toward being a more diverse, equitable and intentionally inclusive organization.
  • We commit to challenging the biases and stereotypes that prevent Kentuckians from their right to live in an equitable and inclusive society.
  • We commit to denouncing discrimination and exclusion based on race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age, or other identities.
  • We commit to fostering equity, which can only be achieved when the systemic, institutional, and historical barriers resulting from exclusion no longer predict socioeconomic, education and health outcomes.

We commit to creating and sustaining an equitable UWNEK and equitable communities in collaboration with our board, agencies and donors, through convening, awareness building, advocacy, and representation.