What is Diversity, Equity and Inclusion?
The following definitions are taken from US Soccer's DEI information page.
Diversity: The variety of personal experiences that forms ones values and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status.
Equity: The guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of marginalized groups.
Inclusion: The act of creating environments in which any individual or group can feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued. An inclusive climate embraces differences and offers respect in words and actions so that all people can fully participate and actively contribute.
WASA's DEI Policy
WASA's DEI policy is adapted from US Youth Soccer's DEI statement.
Westerville Amateur Soccer Association (WASA) has taken firm action to establish and reaffirm their long-standing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. These actions will strengthen WASA culture and foster an inclusive, bias-free and equitable community that enables all of its members to achieve their full potential on, and off, the field of play. Through specific, deliberate and meaningful actions and investment, WASA seeks to make soccer a sport where everyone feels welcomed, respected and part of the team.
To ensure that each member of WASA understands that the ideals of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are essential to our organization, we ask that our members pledge to act off the field, how we do on the field; with character, determination, leadership, focus, passion and commitment to EVERY MEMBER OF THE TEAM.