Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at United Way of the Ozarks 

United Way of the Ozarks values the visible and invisible qualities that make you who you are. We recognize those qualities that make us different. We also recognize the quality we all share: Our humanity. We unequivocally denounce discrimination of any kind because it undermines the well-being and vitality of our community. We believe that each United Way community member, donor, volunteer, advocate and employee must have equal access to solving community problems.  

United Way of the Ozarks embraces diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), not only with our words, but with our actions. We are committed to creating equitable and inclusive opportunities and reducing the racial, social and economic disparities that exist in our community. We will do this by identifying and eliminating barriers that have prevented historically marginalized groups from fully participating in society. We will leverage our assets (convening, strategic investments, awareness building, advocacy) to create a more equitable and inclusive community. 

United Way of the Ozarks strives to be a model of DEI in all aspects of our work. We will employ and promote individuals, recruit volunteers and partner with programs that inclusively support the diversity of our local community. UWO will not discriminate on the basis of race, skin color, ethnicity, biological sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, ability status, marital and family status or veteran status.  

What do diversity, equity and inclusion look like at United Way of the Ozarks?

Grant applicants must agree to our DEI Statement and Pledge to be considered for funding. 

As per our Partner Agreement, United Way of the Ozarks reserves the right to revoke funding if a partner nonprofit is found guilty of discrimination. 

United Academy for Inclusion and Belonging

The United Academy for Inclusion and Belonging is a seven-hour diversity and inclusion course which educates participants about the history of racial inequality in the United States, inclusive language and practices, and implicit bias. The eight courses held in 2021 were attended by 300 participants.

  • 217 frontline nonprofit professionals, volunteers and board members (including UWO staff and board members) 
  • 40 Springfield Rotarians 
  • 32 members of the Springfield Police Department 
  • 11 members of the Springfield Fire Department 

Join us in embracing diversity, equity and inclusion for every person living in the Ozarks. Join UWO as we #LiveUnited!