The mission of the US Sailing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is to promote and support diversity, equity and inclusion within the sailing community in the United States. We recognize diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) as essential to achieving our mission. We are committed to achieving greater DEI throughout the sport and fostering an environment that is welcoming to all sailors.
The DEI Committee will work with the US Sailing Board of Directors and the sailing community of the USA at large to create and support initiatives that will help to promote access to the sport of sailing and increase participation by encouraging local sailing organizations to provide an inviting inclusive environment in which to sail. If you are interested in being involved with the DEI Committee, or if you have general questions or comments, please contact: DEI@ussailing.org
US Sailing has adopted this statement as the cornerstone of its mission.
Diversity is embracing any collective mixture of differences and similarities as we strive to develop more inclusive and high performing environments. Diversity is invaluable because it generates differing points of view, leads to innovation, fosters an understanding and acceptance of individuals from different backgrounds, and recognizes the contributions that a variety of individuals and groups can make. Diversity encompasses, but is not limited to, race, color, ethnicity, nationality, religion, socioeconomic status, veteran status, education, marital status, language, age, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, genetic information, and learning styles.
Equity is the guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all while striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups. The principle of equity acknowledges that there are historically under-served and under-represented populations and that fairness regarding these unbalanced conditions is needed to assist equality in the provision of effective opportunities to all groups.
Inclusion is about creating and maintaining an environment in which contributions and strengths are recognized, optimized and valued in a way that generates opportunities for adaptability, problem solving, growth and ultimately increased success. Inclusion is about creating and maintaining an environment in which people are not excluded or marginalized because of their difference and authentically bringing traditionally excluded individuals and/or groups into processes, activities, and decision/policy making in a way that shares power and ensures equal access to opportunities and resources.
In addition to being the right thing to do, DEI initiatives make good development sense, are critical to achieving the mission of the organization, and are an integral part of the success of US Sailing. It is our goal to expand the image of sailing to one that invites and supports the involvement of all.
To implement this statement, preliminary areas of focus for the DEI Committee include, but are not limited to:
- Increasing awareness within US Sailing of the importance of DEI and encouraging national, regional and local sailing organizations to do the same.
- Recruiting, retaining and promoting diverse sailors into our sport, within national, regional and local sailing organizations and within US Sailing.
- Providing mentoring, development, education, and training for all sailors.
- Increasing the level of diversity within US Sailing at all levels (Board, leadership, staff, committees, volunteers, and interns).
- Developing strategic partnerships and relationships that will complement our efforts to achieve greater DEI throughout all areas of sailing.
- Shifting US Sailing resources not aligned with the Mission of DEI towards programs that are.