Inclusivity remains a core value of Indivisible, enshrined in our organizational principles: “We bring in, welcome, and ensure access and leadership for people from different backgrounds, communities, and identities. We recognize and seek to overturn historic patterns of injustice and marginalization.”
Indivisible has a talented and diverse team carrying out its mission each and every day. As of the end of 2020, 36% of staff identified as a person of color, and 34% identified as LGBTQ. In terms of gender identity, 64% identified as cisgender female, 26% as cisgender male, and 7% as gender non-conforming.
We recognize that inclusivity is not an end state; it’s an ongoing process that requires dedication, learning, and intentionality for every team member and across all our work. Indivisible—like the entire progressive movement—continues to engage in reflection and dialogue as we do the work to build a healthy and inclusive organization and movement.
In 2020, Indivisible sought outside expertise on organizational development, internal communications, and culture to support us in defining our internal systems and deepening our interactions with one another—work that continues into 2021. Indivisible completed the hiring process for a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Director in 2020. The DEI Director is responsible for guiding our DEI efforts and ensuring our activities fit within a larger vision and framework for an equitable and just organization and movement.
The work of building an equitable and inclusive organization is never complete. It requires constant commitment and a continual evaluation of progress and challenges. Indivisible remains committed to the hard work of confronting injustice and oppression, and nurturing a culture of inclusivity and respect for all identities and backgrounds.
Core to Indivisible’s theory of change -- and the origin of our name -- is the idea that we are more powerful if we stand together, united in defense of progressive values. Indivisible is committed to working across the progressive movement to advance our joint goals, and we respect the range of approaches and strategies, especially those used by local policy and organizing partner organizations.
In order for us to empower local groups to fight on issues under threat, we form strong partnerships with leading organizations at the national level with specific policy expertise or large constituencies in the progressive space. We also work actively to partner across the state and local progressive ecosystems to build a stronger movement, working to co-build organizing, policy, and communications strategies that follow the lead of groups led by and representing marginalized communities.
Finally, Indivisible’s national team prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings in our capacity building support of local leaders, increasing our movement’s understanding of its role and place in the larger progressive movement and how to best show up for our allies in our collective fight for justice. This includes threading racial equity and inclusion throughout trainings focused on other topics, as well as holding standalone racial justice, equity, and inclusion trainings. In 2020, over 7,400 Indivisible members participated in diversity, equality, and inclusion trainings.
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