Diversity Equity Inclusion


Diversity, equity, and inclusion aren’t just words at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri.  They are at the core of our values and purpose. 


We  celebrate  the diversity of backgrounds, lives, and experiences among our youth, families, volunteers, donors, community partners, and staff.  We create a safe space for all voices and perspectives to be heard and honored; and foster a workplace environment where people have confidence bringing their whole, best selves.


We  recognize  playing fields aren’t level, and equality’s not the same as justice.  We are examining our policies, systems, programs, and services to dismantle inequities that hinder people – as individuals and members of groups, communities, and larger society – and their capacity to flourish and thrive.


We  affirm  the innate dignity of every person across multiple spectrums – of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, gender expression, ideology, income, national origin, race, sexual orientation, and marital and veteran status.  We are working to ensure all individuals have invitations, access, and opportunity to find meaningful connections, work, and community with us. 


We are committed to cultivating an environment where all people feel welcome, respected, and valued. We are applying a nondiscriminatory, anti-bias, and anti-racist lens to who we are, what we do, and how we do it.

  • Engage Youth and Parents
  • Build Transformative Partnerships
  • Adopt Empathic Policies and Practices
  • Respond to Actionable Data
  • Share Data-Informed Lessons