Why is DiversityDiversity Differences among people with respect to age, socio-economic status, ethnicity, gender, physical and mental ability, race, sexual orientation, spiritual practices, and other human differences (Deen, Huskey & Parker, 2015)., EquityEquity Equity refers to the policies, practices, attitudes, and cultural messages that are representative of all members of society, such that each member has access to resources that eliminate differential outcomes by group identity (Niblett, 2017)., and InclusionInclusion A state of being valued, respected and supported. Inclusion authentically puts the concept and practice of diversity into action by creating an equitable environment where the richness of ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives are harnessed (Hudson, 2011; Baltimore Racial Justice, 2016). important to Youth Development?
The 4-H System’s Access, Equity and Belonging Committee (AEBC) diligently provides resources to support this DEIDEI DEI stands for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, which refers to a set of principles, practices, and policies that promote and value differences in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and other characteristics, while striving to create fair and equitable opportunities and outcomes for all individuals (Gill et al., 2018). eFieldbook. The purpose of the AEBC is to support the 4-H System to reach its National 4-H Grows: A Promise to America’s Kids Vision.
In 2025, 4-H will reflect the population demographics, vulnerable populations, diverse needs and social conditions of the country. This vision has the elements of inclusion, caring adults, serving at minimum 1 in 5 youth, and the volunteers and staff reflect the diversity of the population. This Committee aims to increase the capacity of 4-H and the Cooperative Extension System to meet this opportunity and to create a more inclusive organizational cultureCulture The shared experiences of people, including their languages, values, customs, beliefs and more. It also includes worldviews, ways of knowing, and ways of communicating. Culture is dynamic, fluid, and reciprocal. Elements of culture are passed on from generation to generation, but culture also changes from one generation to the next (American Evaluation Association 2011; Deen, Huskey & Parker, 2015)..
— Access, Equity, and Belonging Committee
AEBC Champion Groups
The Access, Equity and Belonging Committee is composed of the following Champion Groups:
- Incarcerated Youth
- Immigrant and Refugee Youth
- LGBTQ + Youth / Community
- Mental Health and Wellbeing
- Youth Experiencing Homelessness
- Youth in Foster Care
- Youth with Disabilities
- Youth Living in Poverty
- Racial and Ethnic Youth:
4-H Youth Development Advisor
UCCE Santa Clara County
Office: (408) 282-3107
What would you like to ask Fe?
Nia Imani Fields
4-H Youth Development Specialist
University of Maryland
Office: (301) 314-7317
What would you like to ask Nia?