Commitment to Diversity Equity Inclusion

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition seeks to authentically represent the region we serve. As an umbrella organization serving hundreds of businesses, including small and large nonprofits, we are committed to being a role model for our partners.
We believe diversity, equity and inclusion begins with the board in the board room, requires on-going education, and informs a more thoughtful decision-making process, which spurs collaboration and a culture of inclusivity. Diversity, equity and inclusion extends to staff, donors, volunteers, partners, and program participants. We acknowledge that diversity, equity and inclusion are important areas for growth.
We are committed to making diversity, equity and inclusion evident in our organizational structure, policies, goals, programs and activities, and by doing so, we will be able to confidently and proudly serve as our region’s cultural coalition.

Our Challenge
In general, arts & cultural nonprofit organizations in our region do not have boards that reflect the communities that they serve. In 2018, in collaboration with the Community Foundation of Eastern CT, the Cultural Coalition hosted Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: A Regional Call to Action at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center with more than 60 organizations attending and 90 attendees. Engaging with nonprofits to learn about becoming more diverse and inclusive, and providing them with tools and resources to do so, is part of our regional call to action.

SCCC DEI Action Plan Report September 2019