TAUW Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - Tulsa Area United Way

DEI STATEMENT of Principle

Tulsa Area United Way’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement of Principle states TAUW envisions a community working together to ensure that all people are afforded an opportunity to flourish and thrive. We engage in intentional actions focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of the organization, looking inward for accountability and outward to drive change and strengthen partnerships. We do this by: 

  • Developing a diverse, equity-minded board, workforce, and organizational culture, including our communications; 
  • Seeking to better understand and improve the way data is collected and analyzed to better address needs and communicate services available in a way that is reflective and inclusive of our communities’ diversity; 
  • Addressing barriers that uphold inequities by creating pathways to opportunity and hope; 
  • Investing in organizations that equitably serve diverse populations and needs. 

As a community leader, the Tulsa Area United Way accepts responsibility for and makes a commitment to creating and supporting inclusive communities. Many of the factors that stand in the way are clear: unconscious bias; structural racism; dehumanization based on race and culture; discrimination based on race, ethnicity, age, disabilities, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. These factors contribute to ongoing disparities and inequities.  

Within our region and unique history, laws, systems, policies, practices, and even violence have marginalized entire populations, most notably Black and Indigenous Peoples and People of Color. We denounce racism and discrimination, actions that undermine the well-being, vitality and economic prosperity of our community.

Approved by Tulsa Area United Way’s Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council on 09/30/2021 and by the Board of Directors on 10/06/2021

To see a one-page overview of the Board-approved TAUW 2022 DEI Plan as presented by the Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council, please click here. 

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT Opportunity Policy

Equal employment opportunity is pledged to all applicants and employees. It is our policy to recruit, hire, train and promote individuals, as well as administer any and all personnel actions, without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, carceral history, military or veteran status, or status as a qualified disabled individual, in accordance with applicable laws.


Tulsa Area United Way believes that engaging a diverse volunteer base is essential to the success of our collaboration with and support of the communities we serve. 

It is our policy to actively seek and include volunteers who broadly reflect the diversity of our community in terms of race, ethnicity, national origin, tribal citizenship, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, age, disability, genetic information, carceral history, veteran or military status, or other aspects of diversity. 

Approved by Tulsa Area United Way’s Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council on 11/29/2022 


The Tulsa Area United Way seeks and supports agency partners that are inclusive in all aspects of their operation – from the clients they serve, to the volunteers they recruit, and the individuals they employ. For agencies not working to achieve this level of inclusion, TAUW will consider scaling down its support and investment in the agency.

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