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Principles of Community

The REDI Board has adopted the Principles of Community diversity/inclusion resolution authored by Kevin McDonald, UM System Chief Diversity Officer and MU Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity. The Board adopted the resolution in March as part of REDI’s continuing efforts to grow and foster diversity and inclusion within the REDI organization. The resolution, framed within the signatures of its many supporters, is now displayed in the REDI office.

We recognize that our organization is comprised of diverse community members having many perspectives, identities, and lived experiences. We recognize that to create an inclusive and intellectually vibrant community, we must understand and value both our individual differences and our common ground.

Principles of Community is an aspirational statement that embodies this commitment, and reflects the ideals we seek to uphold. Therefore, Regional Economic Development Inc. (REDI) adopts and practices the following principles as fundamental to our organization's on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members:
We affirm the inherent dignity and value of every person and strive to maintain a climate for work and learning based on mutual respect and understanding.

We affirm the right of each person to express thoughts and opinions freely. We encourage open expression within a climate of civility, sensitivity, and mutual respect.

We affirm the value of human diversity because it enriches our lives and our organizations. We acknowledge and respect our differences while affirming our common humanity.

We reject all forms of prejudice and discrimination, including those based on age, color, diverse ability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran status. We take individual and collective responsibility for helping to eliminate bias, and discrimination and for increasing our own understanding of these issues through education, training, and interaction with others.

We pledge our collective commitment to incorporate these principles into REDl's

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