DEI Learning Center
Several courses from the Rotary International Learning Center will help you and other members of your club understand more about Diversity Equity Inclusion and help you commit to this important strategy of Rotary and take action.
Truth and Reconciliation
Land Acknowledgement in the Delta School District video (17:30): a compilation of candid thoughts from a number of staff of the Delta School District who have been learning their way through the Land Acknowledgment as a step on their respective journey towards reconciliation.
 
Your club: where you 'belong'
 
At Rotary, we're committed to treating everyone with dignity and respect, allowing everyone's voice to be heard, and providing equitable opportunities for fellowship, service, and leadership. 
 
Our members want and expect Rotary to be a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization. We're committed to creating supportive environments that foster open communication and shared learning. 
 
Rotary International has adopted a development strategy around Diversity Equity Inclusion (DEI). While Rotary overall is a model of DEI, many of our 35,000 clubs are not. An international Task Force has been conducting research within Rotary and, as of January 2022, has started presenting its findings and recommendations. 
 
In 2021 Rotary District 5040 formed a DEI Committee to work with our 48 clubs on ways they can choose to reflect the communities they serve, develop and become more relevant by engaging with them, and become more sustainable through their own strategies related to DEI.
 
 
To establish a starting point in consulting with our clubs, the District DEI Committee has been conducting research with our club members to determine levels of awareness, understanding and commitment to DEI. 
 
These recommendations to District 5040 clubs, and the District system which supports them, come from members in 11 clubs of various sizes and locations who participated in focus groups in Fall 2021. Thank you to the 60 or so District members who led and participated in these focus groups.
 
These recommendations are, in turn, based on responses to an online survey of all District 5040 members in January 2022, to determine to what extent opinions -- identified in the focus groups -- were shared by all. Thank you to the more than 330 Rotary and Rotaract members who responded to the online survey.
 
The 15 recommendations aim to support a club-driven approach to DEI.
Rotary International President 2021-22 Shekhar Mehta DEI message
Rotary.org
April 28, 2022
 
Dear Rotary member,

We are dedicated to enhancing your Rotary experience by supporting what is important to you, our members. You have consistently told us that you want Rotary to be a place that celebrates diversity, that fully represents our communities, and that offers all members equitable opportunities to thrive.

You also recognize that embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) will allow us to do more meaningful work while engaging with people who know they’ll be valued for the qualities that make them unique. These sentiments were reinforced last year by the more than 31,000 members around the world who responded to our first DEI survey.

To ensure that the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion are ingrained in everything we do, the RI Board of Directors, guided by the DEI Task Force, has strengthened our commitment to DEI and is taking action in response to the survey findings.

Our DEI Code of Conduct

What we say and how we behave matter. Although free expression is important, we must take responsibility for how our words and actions may affect others. The Board has approved a new DEI Code of Conduct to help Rotary members create and maintain an environment that is collaborative, positive, and healthy for everyone. 

Simply put, the DEI Code of Conduct asks you to:
  • Use respectful language
  • Be supportive
  • Foster a welcoming and inclusive environment
  • Celebrate diversity
All Rotary leaders, from club presidents and district governors to directors and trustees, are expected to apply the DEI Code of Conduct uniformly to help members recognize the impact that their words and actions can have on other people.

If you experience behavior that does not align with the DEI Code of Conduct, you have ways to respond:
  • If the situation can be resolved through discussion, please talk to the person directly. Often, the person who said something or acted in a way that made others feel excluded, marginalized, or targeted did not do so intentionally. Although there might be mistakes, missteps, and uncomfortable conversations along the way, having this dialogue will lead to a better and stronger Rotary.
  • If a discussion is not possible or the situation involves someone in a leadership role or another club, contact Rotary’s Club and District Support staff, who will review the information and follow up appropriately.
  • If you are in danger or your safety is in doubt, contact local law enforcement officers and notify Club and District Support staff.
As an organization, we are stronger when we embrace the diversity found in our clubs and communities. We are more effective when we offer a valuable, inclusive experience that provides equitable opportunities for people to serve, to lead, and to participate with us. To grow Rotary and become a more dynamic organization, we must take DEI seriously. And with your support, we are doing that. 

Sincerely,

Shekhar Mehta, RI President
and the 2021-22 RI Board of Directors

You can support DEI in Rotary by:
Comment on rising Asian hate behaviour
Rotarian Jimmy Yan, a member of the District 5040 Diversity Equity Inclusion Committee, summarized his presentation to the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen on Jun 2, 2022.
 
"Canada's Asian population is growing. Anti-Asian hate crime and racism do exist. All of us should not shy away from our biases in order to help eradicate hate crime and racism. When I said all of us, I meant a victim may also be an offender. Fortunately, we are learning from mistakes and making actual efforts to build a more equitable society. There are hopeful signs for the future."
  
Jimmy Yan
C. 604.218.0793
jimmyj.yan@gmail.com