For years, the Junior League of Dallas has made advancing diversity and inclusion a priority within our organization and a cornerstone of our tripartite mission to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women and improve the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Diversity, equity and inclusion are foundational to everything we do and is woven into the strategies, practices and future of the JLD. We are an organization of strong, diverse women committed to building a better Dallas, and we recognize issues of diversity and inclusion and take them seriously. The League is working towards being a more inclusive organization where women can be their authentic selves and have a sense of belonging. We understand that our work and the work of organizations like ours is never done and we are listening, understanding, and evolving together. We do not stand with you in words alone, but seek to ensure that each member of our organization has training and resources to develop the cultural awareness and competency needed to support one another and to advance the mission of the Junior League of Dallas.
Since its founding in 1974, the African American Museum has collected documents, artifacts, publications, and other resources that document, preserve and tell the story of the African and African American experience.
Summer Education Series
This summer, the JLD hosted our Diversity & Inclusion Summer Series designed to prompt tough conversations and educate members about past and current issues facing people of color. Videos of each session are available for viewing below.
Personal Study Resources
A diverse organization is a strong organization, and one key to fostering a robust and inclusive environment is learning. We have curated a list of valuable resources for those who are interested in broadening their perspectives.
Please check back soon for D&I Resources
In addition to expanding our cultural competency document and training program to include more members and staff, we will provide Member programming designed to provide education around issues facing diverse populations, including people of color, the LGBTQIA+ community, and different socioeconomic backgrounds.
2021 Virtual Diversity & Inclusion Summit- "Finding Your Voice & Embracing Your Authenticity"
We are committed to finding strength in the diverse ideas, backgrounds and perspectives we each bring. We hope this Summit inspires us all, challenges us with new ideas and empowers us to harness our authentic selves as a pathway to diversity and inclusion.
Summer Series- Listen, Learn and Now What
What does it mean to be an ally? What are microaggressions and how can we avoid them? What is in the JLD D&I Action Plan? Learn the answers to all three questions and more during the first session in our virtual Summer Series.
Summer Series-History of Race in Dallas
Learn more about the history of social injustices and redlining in Dallas to better understand how Dallas’ history impacts the JLD mission and our issue areas.
Summer Series-Book Study: "White Fragility" & "So You Want to Talk about Race"
Join and discuss key points of two important books focused on diversity and inclusion. We will explore how these learnings can be applied in everyday life, and how racial healing begins at personal and local levels.