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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Vision

NCSF’s goal is to better fulfill our mission through a better understanding of a diverse range of voices and experiences in our communities. We recognize the similarities and differences between people that make us all unique. We aim to be inclusive by creating opportunities for more people of various backgrounds to be represented and heard by NCSF.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee should be working diligently, almost daily and certainly with every interaction we have with each other and our stakeholders, to project a positive, consistent, and strong organizational culture that is consistent with our NCSF Mission Statement and our Diversity and Inclusion Vision, including:

·         Ensure that diversity and inclusion issues as they pertain to our constituents (kink and non-monogamy) are included in the resources produced by NCSF programs and projects.

·         Highlight marginalized communities in NCSF research.

·         Give priority to sponsoring marginalized community projects and events.

·         Gather data from NCSF forms and projects on diverse constituencies in order to boost quality decision-making. 

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Diversity and Inclusion Culture

NCSF’s Diversity and Inclusion Culture originates from the Board Members, and we’ve agreed in principle that a change in NCSF culture must originate at the NCSF Board level.

To clarify, when we use the word “culture” in our discussions and in this document, we are talking about organizational culture that is defined as follows:

Organizational culture is the way people behave collectively within an organization. It consists of individual and shared beliefs and values of the organization’s leaders and managers that are intentionally and unintentionally communicated and reinforced in interactions with our volunteers, our members and others. Organizational culture can have positive attributes, negative attributes, and can be inconsistent over time and at any given time.

Diversity and Inclusion Expectations

Board Members

·         Model behavior at all times in a way that is consistent with the NCSF Mission Statement and the NCSF Diversity and Inclusion Vision.

·         Complete the annual Diversity and Inclusion Training.

·         Every month, a Board Member will be tasked with providing additional educational opportunities at the Board meeting by discussing the info they have posted in the Board Forum that highlights a diversity issue (e.g., Ted Talks, books, interviews, resources, data).

·         Be mindful of actively recruiting diverse volunteers at BDSM-Leather-Fetish, Swing, and Polyamory Community events.

·         Be actively involved in the identification and recruitment of diverse Board Member candidates.

·         Educate and inform regarding diversity and inclusion issues, as well as NCSF Mission and resources, when opportunities to do so present themselves.

·         Be receptive to learning about being reeducated as needed, and being called in when necessary. This applies to all of us: there is lots for all of us to learn, and the world, especially in the area of racial and gender equality, is evolving quickly.

·         Being proactive to issues or concerns involving diversity and inclusion instead of reacting to them as they arise.

Volunteers and Advocates

·         Model behavior at all times in a way that is consistent with the NCSF Mission Statement and the NCSF Diversity and Inclusion Vision.

·         Be mindful of actively recruiting diverse volunteers at BDSM-Leather-Fetish, Swing, and Polyamory Community events.

·         Educate and inform regarding diversity and inclusion issues, as well as NCSF Mission and resources, when opportunities to do so present themselves.

Coalition Partners

·         Educate our Coalition Partners about the importance of diversity and inclusion issues, and to be aware that diversity refers to: race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, sexual identity, socioeconomic status, level of ability, and educational status. 

·         Encourage our CPs to create their own Diversity and Inclusion Vision.

·         Be actively involved in the recruitment of Coalition Partners for NCSF from the BDSM-Leather-Fetish, Swing, and Polyamory communities, in particular those serving more marginalized communities.

·        Educate and inform your members regarding diversity and inclusion issues, as well as NCSF Mission and resources, when opportunities to do so present themselves.

·         Be proactive to issues or concerns involving diversity and inclusion instead of reacting to them as they arise.