Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
People of all backgrounds, experiences, and identities regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Carefully considering how to provide differing levels of support, opportunities, and resources so participants have a welcoming and productive experience.
Creating experiences in which all people are welcomed, respected, and valued.
Rotary's Commitment: Integrating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) into Every Aspect of a Mission.
A history of diverse backgrounds
When Chicago attorney Paul Harris founded Rotary, he invited his colleagues and friends to create a club where professionals of diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful friendships. Over time, that expanded to giving back to their communities.
Since its first club meeting more than 100 years ago, Rotary has grown into an international organization with clubs in nearly every country in the world. Our membership comprises people with countless individual identities who share a singular passion for making the world a better place for everyone.
In recognition of Rotary’s history as a diverse organization, and in our careful planning for our future, Rotary has reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
To uphold this ideal, the Board of Directors and our DEI Advisory Council have taken decisive steps to reinforce the DEI statement initially adopted in 2019:
At Rotary, we recognize the critical importance of nurturing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture to fulfill our vision of a world where individuals unite and take action for enduring change.
We place high value on diversity, acknowledging and celebrating the contributions of individuals from all walks of life, encompassing age, ethnicity, race, color, disability, learning style, religion, faith, socioeconomic status, culture, marital status, languages spoken, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Additionally, we embrace differences in ideas, thoughts, values, and beliefs.
Understanding that certain groups have historically faced barriers to membership, participation, and leadership, we are dedicated to advancing equity throughout Rotary, including in our community partnerships. Our commitment is to ensure that every individual has equitable access to resources, opportunities, networks, and support for personal and professional flourishing.
We firmly believe that everyone possesses both visible and invisible qualities that inherently make them unique. Our goal is to foster an inclusive culture where every person feels valued and a sense of belonging.
Aligned with our core value of integrity, we pledge to maintain transparency and honesty about our position in the DEI journey as an organization. We are dedicated to continual learning and improvement, striving to do better in our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Everyone is welcome in Rotary. Read about how Rotary and Rotaract members are taking action to make their clubs and communities more diverse, equitable, and inclusive on the Rotary Voices blog.
If you want to lend your voice and make a difference in your community, join us.
Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement
Rotary’s Board of Directors voted in 2021 to adopt an updated DEI statement affirming the importance of these efforts- titled Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:
“At Rotary, we understand that cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture is essential to realizing our vision of a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change.
We value diversity and celebrate the contributions of people of all backgrounds, across age, ethnicity, race, color, disability, learning style, religion, faith, socioeconomic status, culture, marital status, languages spoken, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity as well as differences in ideas, thoughts, values, and beliefs.
Recognizing that individuals from certain groups have historically experienced barriers to membership, participation, and leadership, we commit to advancing equity in all aspects of Rotary, including in our community partnerships, so that each person has the necessary access to resources, opportunities, networks, and support to thrive.
We believe that all people hold visible and invisible qualities that inherently make them unique, and we strive to create an inclusive culture where each person knows they are valued and belong.
In line with our value of integrity, we are committed to being honest and transparent about where we are in our DEI journey as an organization, and to continuing to learn and do better.”
This statement is an exciting step forward in Rotary’s commitment to creating a positive environment for current and future members, as well as the communities they serve.
"We believe in diversity, because Rotary at its best unites the world, and therefore must reflect every part of humanity. You cannot properly serve the world unless you can see and hear that world accurately. Diversity ensures that Rotary represents all voices and speaks in every language." — Barry Rassin, 2018-19 Rotary International president
Join Rotary Club Lahore, Jinnah – District 3272 (Chartered on 08.08.2007, Club ID: 76966)! We’re a diverse, dynamic group committed to service and making a positive impact. Connect with amazing people and contribute to our community!
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