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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 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


In addition to our internal efforts, we also recognize a need to support our community. Our Match Support Specialists have worked hard to put together resources to provide additional support to our Big Sisters. Whether continuing your learning journey or navigating complex conversations with your Little Sisters, we hope the Racial Sensitivity Guide is a tool that can aid you in that journey. Please stay tuned as we work on expanding our toolkit of resources.

Click here to view our Racial Sensitivity Guide