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Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Building a Bolder, Braver, Better Big Sister Boston

Big Sister Boston is passionately committed to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI). It is at the core of our mission, values, and vision of our organization, and reflected in the work that we do in partnership with our Big and Little Sisters. Yet, we know there is more work to be done.  

We Believe

Big Sister believes that the girls in our programs deserve access to a diverse community of leaders, ambassadors, and advocates who value and understand them. Although we have initiated programs encompassing many areas of DEI, it is our intention to have an impact that fosters a culture of community, collaborative leadership, and shared partnership, in this very important work of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  

Big Sister will continue to advance Diversity, Equity & Inclusion by working to:

  • expand the diversity of Big Sister Boston’s staff, mentors and board members to reflect the diversity of our Little Sisters
  • create an inclusive community that practices and promotes a sense of belonging and,
  • increase the understanding of equity and remove barriers that prevent Little Sisters from reaching their full potential.

We Are Invested

To support these efforts, we recently added a new staff position: Director of Equity & Inclusion and we are thrilled that internally our own member of #TeamBigSister, Courtney Leonard, has signed on to lead us in these courageous conversations and critical work. She can be reached at cleonard@bigsister.org

As Courtney begins her new role, we will be updating our Big Sister Boston community via this webpage with our commitment to that vision, including our goals and metrics, that will continue to hold us accountable to this important and organization-wide work.

Please refer to this page to see some of the ways that we will be working with our communities to build a bolder, braver, better and more inclusive, Big Sister.